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CONFIRMED: Graham Joins Blackburn On Loan

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Goodbye, sweet prince. We hardly knew you.

The former Swansea striker - who has scored once for Sunderland since joining from the Welsh club in January 2013 - has joined Championship side Blackburn Rovers on loan until the end of the season.

The player arrived in Blackburn yesterday evening to complete his medical, with the move being held off from happening until after the game at Tottenham on Saturday due to fears from Sam Allardyce that his squad could be stretched should he let players leave during a busy period.

He told www.rovers.co.uk:

It’s been a mad 24 hours, I was training with Sunderland yesterday morning and then I came down here last night to get things sorted, so I’m delighted to get it done, 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, so 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 was signed by Martin O'Neill in January of 2013 for around five million pounds and, although his effort in the run towards staying up last season was important, to say he's been anything other than a flop would be an understatement.

He scored one goal, which was actually a shot from someone else which deflected in off his arse.

Graham's contract with the club expires this summer, meaning he's about done at Sunderland, thank God. Nothing personal, Danny.