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I will always love Coleraine: Brad Lyons' Blackburn move made permanent

Brad Lyons has waved goodbye to Coleraine.
Brad Lyons has waved goodbye to Coleraine.

Brad Lyons' transfer to Blackburn has been made permanent.

The Coleraine midfielder joined the Championship side on an initial six-month loan deal, leading on to an 18-month contract.

Lyons has played ten games for Rovers' U23s in the Premier League 2 but is still waiting for his senior debut in England.

The 21-year-old was a key part of the Bannsiders' Irish Cup success last season. He played 94 league games for the club, scoring 17 goals.

"It's a dream come true," he told the Blackburn Rovers website.

"I'm 21 years old and this is my first ever professional contract, so I'm absolutely delighted."

Lyons also hailed former Northern Ireland midfielder Damien Johnson, Blackburn's Professional Development Phase Lead Coach, for aiding his development.

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"I feel like I've developed really well under the gaffer and under Damien Johnson," he said. "They've developed me as a player and I feel like I've come on leaps and bounds both physically and mentally, so hopefully I can push on and keep going.

"I'm more aware of things that I have to do on the football pitch and all the credit goes down to Damien Johnson for that."

However, he made sure to pay tribute to his former club.

"If it wasn't for the Coleraine team, fans and staff, I wouldn't be where I am today as they kept driving me on," he told Coleraine FC. "I will always love the club and I plan to get to as many games as I can when I'm back home.

"There have been so many unforgettable moments during my time with the club. Making my debut, fighting for the league and playing in Europe have been unforgettable. However winning the Irish Cup tops the lot and will live with me for the rest of my life."

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