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Confirmed: Coleraine midfielder Brad Lyons' completes Blackburn move

By Gareth Hanna

Coleraine midfielder Brad Lyons' switch to Blackburn has been completed.

The 21-year-old agreed a deadline day deal to move to Ewood Park and, after a four-day delay, the transfer has finally been confirmed. Lyons makes the move on an initial loan deal that is expected to be followed by an 18-month contract in January.

Lyons, who has already played 94 league games for Coleraine, scoring 17 goals, is excited to begin a new chapter in his career but doesn't rule out making it 100 Premiership appearances for the Bannsiders.

"It was always my dream to become a professional footballer and now it is coming true. On the other hand I'm sad to be leaving Coleraine," he told BBC Sport.

"It's very hard to leave the boys in the changing room because we're all like brothers - there's a great connection among us and you can see on the pitch that we're fighting and playing for each other.

"It's just as hard to leave the fans. The reception I got at Seaview was emotional for me and my family but Coleraine will always stay in my heart and maybe I'll come back one day to play for them."

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney says the move announces a new Blackburn Rovers supporters' club on the north coast.

“Since Brad arrived at the club, his progression and development has been phenomenal,” he told the club website.

“We take a lot of pride in how he has gone about his business and his development from a boy into a man. It is a chance for Brad to live his dream and he goes with our best wishes. I’m sure we will all be secondary Blackburn fans and we will be watching his progress with great hope. We are over the moon and delighted for Brad to be given this opportunity.”

Lyons joins Northern Ireland midfielder Corry Evans in the Blackburn squad.

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