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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 July, 2003, 08:30 GMT 09:30 UK
Emerton joins Blackburn
Brett Emerton of Feyenoord
Emerton has signed for Blackburn
Australian international Brett Emerton has joined Blackburn from Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year midfielder has signed a four-year contract and is expected to join the squad for pre-season training within the next few days, although the transfer is still subject to the granting of a work permit.

He said: "I'm going to England to fulfil my dream, so it's not too difficult to leave Holland.

"It's been a long time coming. Obviously I'm very delighted it's finally happened, I'm really looking forward to the season ahead.

"Blackburn a great club, they performed well last season, finishing in the top six and they're only going to improve.

"I've always dreamed of playing in the Premiership so to finally achieve it is great."

Rovers chief executive John Williams revealed the Lancashire club were "absolutely delighted" with Emerton's arrival.

Emerton will be a useful addition to the Blackburn midfield following the sale of David Dunn and Keith Gillespie earlier this week.

"I have spoken with the manager and he has good ideas about me and about the team," Emerton told the Feyenoord website.


"They are a good team. Last season they did well in the premier league and it looks like it's going to be even better this season."

Dunn joined Birmingham for a fee believed to be around 5.5m - and Souness used the majority of that money to draft in Australian ace Emerton, who was named Oceania's player of the year for 2002.

Gillespie left Blackburn this week to join Leicester after four and a half years at Ewood Park.

Souness is also hoping to complete the signings of defenders Lorenzo Amoruso and Vratislav Gresko.


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