Charlie Mulgrew is one of Blackburn Rovers’ most important players, so the club’s supporters would have been delighted with the news that their captain had opted to extend his stay at Ewood Park.
The 32-year-old penned a new deal with the club until 2021 and the defender will be hoping to retain his place in the Blackburn side, having been ever-present in the Rovers team in this years campaign.
Tony Mowbray’s side are currently sat 9th in the Championship table and with Rovers just two points adrift of a play-off place, they will have serious play-off ambitions this season.
Speaking in an interview with Blackburn’s official website, Mulgrew insists that he isn’t getting carried away with Rovers’ surprise start to the season.
“We’re not getting carried away. It’s been a good start and we’re happy with it, but we’re looking forward rather than back.
“We want to push on and make it even better.”
But the former Celtic full-back is dreaming of winning promotion to the Premier League and admitted that it is a real possibility, given the quality currently in the Blackburn squad this season.
“The Premier League is something that is in the back of everybody’s mind. We don’t speak too much about it, but it’s in the back of everybody’s mind somewhere and it’s what we want to do.
“It’s an aim of mine to play in the Premier League and I want to be there with Blackburn Rovers.
“We’ve got some great players here, a great manager and this is the time to try and do it.”
Mulgrew and his Blackburn teammates travel to face relegation-threatened Preston North End after the international break, where they could potentially move into a play-off spot with a win, which is a huge possibility against the struggling Lilywhites.
Mulgrew’s ambitions may raise eyebrows amongst fans but they are showing signs that they can challenge the promotion-chasing pack this season.
If they can stay in touch with the top six going into the festive period, then Blackburn have to be considered as play-off contenders as they have some real quality in their squad.
The likes of Mulgrew and Bradley Dack will be crucial this season if they are to mount any sort of challenge towards the top six.
It’s a tough challenge for Rovers, but certainly not an impossible one.