Rovers return for DJ

DJ Campbell

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DJ Campbell returns to Bloomfield Road for the first time this afternoon, with nothing on his mind but a Blackburn win.

The striker spent three spells at Bloomfield Road and was part of Ian Holloway’s legendary 2010 side which earned promotion to the Premier League.

Campbell hasn’t started a game yet this season through injury, but is expected to be named in Rovers’ line-up this afternoon.

“Blackpool is a ground and a place I have good memories of and we shared some good times there,” he said.

“I haven’t actually been back there so it will be good, but it will be even better if we get the three points.

“That’s the past, Blackburn is the future for me now.

“I want to do well for this club, for the lads and for the gaffer, who has been brilliant with me, so hopefully we can all do well for him and get us back into the Premiership.”

After two successful loan spells, Campbell finally joined Blackpool on a permanent deal at the start of the 2010/11 season.

He went on to fire 13 goals in the Premier League, before leaving to join QPR following the Seasiders’ relegation.

And he has nothing but fond memories of his time at Bloomfield Road.

He said: “For a little club like Blackpool what we achieved was brilliant.

“I’ve got good memories and good times, scored a lot of goals, and managed to play and score goals.

“It was a good time and a good spell for everyone involved with Blackpool.”

Boss Gary Bowyer named Campbell among the substitutes during last weekend’s defeat at home to Charlton.

He opted for Jordan Rhodes and Leon Best in attack, but hints at a start for the former Pool favourite today.

“He’s looked very sharp in training,” said Bowyer when asked about Campbell.

“He gives us a different dimension up there.

“The partnership DJ and Jordan started to have in pre-season looked quite good.

“He’s been a loss but now he’s coming back. He’s going to be a big part for us.”

Rovers are in need of a win after two defeats in their last two games.

They arrive at Bloomfield Road with a plan, although they won’t be making any special arrangements for Tom Ince.

Bowyer added: “We won’t be making special plans for Tom because if you start doing that, I think you’re being disrespectful to the other players who are capable of performing for Blackpool.