Blackburn FanZoner Anna-Louise Adams hails the permanent signing of a midfielder as Rovers look to kick on in the second half of the season.
The transfer season has barely begun, yet Blackburn have potentially made their biggest signing already.
Gary Bowyer managed to snap up Tom Cairney in August 2013, bringing the midfielder to Ewood on loan until January.
He became a fan favourite almost instantaneously, his creative flair adding a new dynamic to the midfield. For the past two weeks, Rovers fans have been biting their fingernails down to the cuticle as they waited to see whether the young starlet would be persuaded to stay at Ewood Park.
On Thursday the news was announced that for £500,000, Cairney would be staying at Rovers until 2017. It could be a massive signing for various reasons.
Some fans have even stretched as far as comparing him to our Turkish Delight, Tugay. He is the type of player our lacklustre midfield has been crying out for. Not only is he technically gifted, but he's creative. Something that we have lacked for a while. He's got a knack for picking out passes, and makes few mistakes. Delving further into his ability, he has settled in with the team quickly, allowing him to create positive link ups with striker Jordan Rhodes.
This brings me on to my second point, if Rovers fail to succeed in winning promotion to the Premier League, there is a high chance that Jordan Rhodes will leave the club. However, if the manager is seen to be signing players of high calibre in order to form a youthful, and talented team, it could potentially persuade Rhodes to stick around a bit.
Another great bonus in signing Cairney, is that Bowyer has only paid £500,000. Given the clubs financial state, and the need to lay off some of the dead wood, it's a bargain price.
The beautiful part of this early bit of business is that it will allow Bowyer to scout the market for more loan deals to fill other positions. Now that he has secured this type of talent in the midfield, it means he can look for players to loan in, or even bring in on free transfers, such as the permanent signing of Rudy Gestede yesterday, who was free.
With the club two points away from the play-offs, Tom Cairney's new contract in addition to Rhodes outstanding form, could be the difference between reaching the top six.