Double signing for Rovers

  • Last Updated: January 2 2014, 22:59 GMT

Blackburn have made a double swoop by acquiring Cardiff striker Rudy Gestede and Hull midfielder Tom Cairney on permanent deals.

Gestede: Joined Blackburn on a permanent deal
Gestede: Joined Blackburn on a permanent deal

The duo were on loan at Ewood Park, with Cairney due back at Hull following Wednesday's win over Leeds, but Rovers have moved to secure their long-term futures with three-and-a-half-year contracts.

Cairney, 22, has impressed since arriving at the start of the year and boss Gary Bowyer recently stated his desire to acquire him permanently after having a first bid rejected.

On Wednesday, when the central midfielder had assisted in both of Rovers' goals in the 2-1 win at Elland Road, Bowyer joked that Tigers boss Steve Bruce "must be sick of my number coming up on his phone".

The frequent pestering appears to have worked, though, with Cairney, who had not started a game for Hull in nearly a year, saying: "I'm very pleased to sign permanently; that was a goal of mine when I came on loan in August.

"First and foremost I wanted to try and get games under my belt. I knew it was a big club, with a lot of good players here and I really wanted to try and do my best and help the team push on.

"I feel like I've played well this season, but I still think there's more to come and I'm looking forward to the future with Blackburn Rovers.

"It's been 20-odd games in a row I've played, which is great. At my age, after the injury I got last season, it's definitely what I needed and I'm just ready to kick on again and keep going."

Gestede, 25, also won promotion out of the Championship last year but found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Cardiff.

The forward scored his first goal for Blackburn at Leeds to move the club just two points off the Sky Bet Championship play-off places.

He said: "I am very happy to sign for Blackburn Rovers.

"They gave me the chance to play and to be on the pitch and now they have given me the chance to sign a permanent deal and I'm delighted to take it.

"It's a big club and so I'm very happy to stay here. Everybody was very welcoming with me when I joined. They tried to make me feel at home and that's happened.

"The lads have been very nice, the staff have been very nice with me, people in the club have been very nice, so I'm very happy and I hope I will enjoy my time here.

"I trust in my team-mates and we are very close to the play-off places, so if we keep playing like we have and keep believing in ourselves, we can do something."

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