Danny Graham has spoken of his delight to join Blackburn Rovers on loan from Sunderland until the end of the season.
Graham, 30, who becomes Blackburn’s third signing of the transfer window following Elliott Bennett and Simeon Jackson, is expected go straight into the squad for Saturday’s Championship game at Chartlon.
“It’s been a mad 24 hours. I was training with Sunderland (on Tuesday) morning and then I came down here (on Tuesday) night to get things sorted, so I’m delighted to get it done,” Graham told Rovers’ official website.
“I’m looking forward to the first game against Charlton and hopefully we can get off to a flying start.
“I was aware of the interest in the background and obviously I’ve been playing a bit at Sunderland the last few weeks, so I’m coming here with games under my belt, which is also pleasing.
“Hopefully we can both do well for each other.
“I spoke to the manager a few times and obviously he’s got some good players. The transfer embargo has been lifted, so they want to sign players and move the club forward.
“For me to get out of Sunderland and have a fresh challenge is superb for me, so I’m delighted to get it done, I can’t wait to get going and hopefully we can pull together and move up the table.”
Graham, who started out at Middlesbrough, moved to Carlisle in 2007 after loan spells at Darlington, Derby, Leeds United and Blackpool before signing for Watford in 2009.
He equalled Watford’s record for the most goals scored in consecutive games, seven, before being signed by Swansea City for £3.5million in 2011.
Sunderland paid a reported £5million for Graham in January 2013 and he has since had loan spells at Hull City, Middlesbrough and Wolves.