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The Roker Roundup: Wednesday 9th March 2016

One new signing, cheaper tickets and Danny Graham - it's time for the news!

Eboue Signs

As we mentioned earlier today on the site, former Arsenal right back Emmanuel Eboue has signed a contract until the end of the current season. Eboue hasn't played in a competitive game for some time, but having spend a number of weeks training with the club it has been decided that he'll join the clun on a permanent basis.

Eboue told

When I came here for the first time it felt like I’d been here already so I’m very happy to sign for the club. I was dreaming about it [returning to the Premier League] and thinking about it when I was in Turkey because I played here before, so I thank god, my new team-mates and also the staff and everybody else who took me in like a son.

I’ve trained with the team for almost one month and, as I said, from my first day I’ve felt very good.

I’ve also known the club for a long time and I know Jermain [Defoe], John [O'Shea] and Catts, as well as the French players, so it is like a family here.

I also thank the manager who has given me a second chance, so I hope I can give my best for the club and also for him. I saw the manager for maybe five minutes because he knows me already, and now we’re like a family so we will work together and try to make the team happier.

In this team we have some experienced players like Catts, Wes [Brown] and the captain John, so now, with me and others like Jermain, we have a good team and a good squad but we have to play hard. It is going to be difficult as we’re at the bottom so we will fight hard to move up the table.


£30 Premier League Price Cap Announced

Following pressure from fans of top flight clubs, Premier League clubs have agreed to cap ticket prices for away supporters at no more than £30 for the next three seasons.

A statement on the Premier League's website reads:

Away fans have additional travel costs and pay individual match prices, as season ticket and other discounts are not available to them and the responsibility for them is shared between Clubs and therefore it is right that there is a collective initiative to help them.

At their last meeting on 4 February, 2016, the Clubs unanimously agreed that more should be done to help away fans and, after consideration of a range of options, have now decided to introduce the new £30 maximum price for away tickets.

The £30 away ticket cap will replace the ASI as a single, League-wide recognition of the importance of away fans for the three seasons 2016/17 to 2018/19.

Premier League Clubs are each responsible for their own ticket prices and offer a range of deals which make attending top flight football an option for millions of fans.

It's a positive step in the right direction and clubs like ours will benefit most, considering our fans sell out the majority of their away allocations.

We spoke to the FSF last week about a number of things, including ticket pricing - if you haven't caught it already, you can read it here.

Graham Doing Well At Blackburn

Danny Graham joined Blackburn Rovers on loan in January and has been a revelation since joining the Championship club, scoring three goals - two more than he ever got for us.

Graham scored again last night in Rovers' 2-0 win over Birmingham City, and Lambert is happy with the forward's new-found form.

He said:

Danny has led the line fantastically for us, he’s a brilliant lad, and we’re delighted he’s here.

It was great thinking by Jason (Steele) and a terrific finish from a lad who is bang on form.

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