Rovers put Best foot forward

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Leon Best is looking forward to a bright future at Blackburn

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Leon Best is looking forward to a bright future at Blackburn

Leon Best believes Blackburn can follow the example of Newcastle and bounce back stronger from relegation.

Best swapped the prospect of Europa League football with Alan Pardew's rejuvenated Magpies for life in the npower Championship at Rovers in a £3million deal earlier this week.

The Ewood Park outfit ended an 11-season stay in the top flight amid turmoil on and off the pitch last time around, but Best points to the shinning example displayed on Tyneside after Newcastle finished fifth in the Barclays Premier League only two years on from their own brief sojourn in the second tier.

"With Newcastle, I think the season we had in the Championship built us and made us better in the Premier League," said the 25-year-old Republic of Ireland forward. "Now I want to do the same thing here. Sometimes you need that wake-up call to go down and build a good squad, go back up and work together."

Best followed former England midfielder Danny Murphy through the doors at Rovers and a productive close season continued this week with the additions of ex-Portugal striker Nuno Gomes and his 19-year-old countryman Fabio Nunes.

"They're unbelievable signings," said Best. "I used to watch Nuno Gomes in the Euros and the World Cup for Portugal and to be playing with him now is unbelievable. Obviously Danny Murphy, with the clubs that he's played for - and as I know myself from playing against him last season - is a fantastic player."

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