Bolton Wanderers defender Alex Baptiste wants to stay on at Ewood Park

HAPPY Alex Baptiste says he has a new lease of life at Blackburn

HAPPY Alex Baptiste says he has a new lease of life at Blackburn

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ALEX Baptiste has pleaded with Blackburn Rovers to make his loan deal permanent next summer.

The 28-year-old defender has made a solid start at Ewood Park after being loaned out to Wanderers’ local rivals for the season.

Playing at centre-half, the position where he made his name at Blackpool, Baptiste is enjoying a new lease of life down the A666 and admits he has now drawn a line under his time with the Whites.

“It’s fantastic, I love the place,” he said. “The staff and the fans have been absolutely fantastic, I feel at home here, I couldn’t have asked for a better club.

“I don’t want to go back. I can definitely see a future here.”

Baptiste’s admission could leave him in an interesting position next summer when he is due to return to Wanderers to serve out the last 12 months of his contract.

His one and only season in Bolton started promisingly and he was among the club’s leading goalscorers for most of the campaign after netting some vital goals against Yeovil, Derby and Middlesbrough.

But he failed to nail down the position he wanted to play in the middle of defence and spent much of his time covering for the injured Marc Tierney at left-back.

Some high profile mistakes at the end of the campaign saw him leave for the summer under a cloud – but Baptiste says he is now happy again playing for Gary Bowyer’s Rovers, who have lost just one of their first four Championship games, and would be keen to sign a permanent deal if it was on offer.

“I haven’t played centre half for a good 18 months but I feel it’s my best position,” he said.

“The staff have been fantastic, the manager has been unbelievable, and I’m really enjoying my football again, which for the past 18 months I haven’t done.

“I am smiling again.

“I know it is early doors and I’ve still got to prove myself, but if I could sign here then, yes, I’d snap their hands off.”

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10:31am Thu 28 Aug 14

mattaiuseire says...

Good to hear that our loaned out players can't wait to see the back of Dougie Freedman and BWFC.
Good to hear that our loaned out players can't wait to see the back of Dougie Freedman and BWFC. mattaiuseire
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11:02am Thu 28 Aug 14

Reebok Al says...

It wasn't his fault that he was selected to play out of position during his time with the Wanderers. If he had been given the opportunity to play in his favoured position, during the time that our centre backs were not exactly covering themselves in glory, things could have been a whole lot different for him. And for us.
It wasn't his fault that he was selected to play out of position during his time with the Wanderers. If he had been given the opportunity to play in his favoured position, during the time that our centre backs were not exactly covering themselves in glory, things could have been a whole lot different for him. And for us. Reebok Al
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4:50pm Thu 28 Aug 14

keithyno.1 says...

“It’s fantastic, I love the place,” he said. “The staff and the fans have been absolutely fantastic, I feel at home here, I couldn’t have asked for a better club. I don’t want to go back. I can definitely see a future here.”

Whatever the BWFC fans think of Alex Baptiste, he certainly has an insider's view of the club, and how it's run. And from the above statement, he certainly knows which side his bread's buttered on at the moment.

Baptiste obviously considers himself WELL out of it from the Good Ship Gartside and all who sail in her....and as he's probably seen the film 'Titanic' he won't be able to believe his luck!!!
“It’s fantastic, I love the place,” he said. “The staff and the fans have been absolutely fantastic, I feel at home here, I couldn’t have asked for a better club. I don’t want to go back. I can definitely see a future here.” Whatever the BWFC fans think of Alex Baptiste, he certainly has an insider's view of the club, and how it's run. And from the above statement, he certainly knows which side his bread's buttered on at the moment. Baptiste obviously considers himself WELL out of it from the Good Ship Gartside and all who sail in her....and as he's probably seen the film 'Titanic' he won't be able to believe his luck!!! keithyno.1
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12:38pm Fri 29 Aug 14

nickotherovers says...

Afternoon, Rovers fan here..... Guy I know was talking to Baptiste and he said that internal wranglings were a joke at Wanderers, said he had good relationship with majority of fans but management was a nightmare. Played "OK" for us so far. Good Luck for teh season
Afternoon, Rovers fan here..... Guy I know was talking to Baptiste and he said that internal wranglings were a joke at Wanderers, said he had good relationship with majority of fans but management was a nightmare. Played "OK" for us so far. Good Luck for teh season nickotherovers
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2:15pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Lowtonandy says...

nickotherovers wrote:
Afternoon, Rovers fan here..... Guy I know was talking to Baptiste and he said that internal wranglings were a joke at Wanderers, said he had good relationship with majority of fans but management was a nightmare. Played "OK" for us so far. Good Luck for teh season
Interesting comments and no surprises I guess.
He's no different from other cast offs though (and we know as we have plenty here) in talking up his game/the club/staff/fans etc as it suits his needs..........who wouldn't? Personally, I didn't rate Baptiste that highly from his time with us and wasn't too disappointed that he moved on but then again if he was played out of position most weeks suggesting that's the reason he didn't shine then he may have a good point. It's just another example of the woeful mis-management of players currently taking place at BWFC and sadly you just can't see an end to it, unless.......?
Interestingly, even after all the issues from the 'Venky's/Kean out' days, from a distance, BRFC seem to be settling down again and look to be dare I say 'well run' therefore you must be doing something right.......it sticks in my throat a bit but maybe we can learn lessons from you?
All the same, Thanks for the good wishes and good luck to you too.
[quote][p][bold]nickotherovers[/bold] wrote: Afternoon, Rovers fan here..... Guy I know was talking to Baptiste and he said that internal wranglings were a joke at Wanderers, said he had good relationship with majority of fans but management was a nightmare. Played "OK" for us so far. Good Luck for teh season[/p][/quote]Interesting comments and no surprises I guess. He's no different from other cast offs though (and we know as we have plenty here) in talking up his game/the club/staff/fans etc as it suits his needs..........who wouldn't? Personally, I didn't rate Baptiste that highly from his time with us and wasn't too disappointed that he moved on but then again if he was played out of position most weeks suggesting that's the reason he didn't shine then he may have a good point. It's just another example of the woeful mis-management of players currently taking place at BWFC and sadly you just can't see an end to it, unless.......? Interestingly, even after all the issues from the 'Venky's/Kean out' days, from a distance, BRFC seem to be settling down again and look to be dare I say 'well run' therefore you must be doing something right.......it sticks in my throat a bit but maybe we can learn lessons from you? All the same, Thanks for the good wishes and good luck to you too. Lowtonandy
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