Rovers clinch first signing

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Blackburn have completed the signing of Gillingham's Welsh international goalkeeper Jason Brown on a free transfer.

The 24-year-old has agreed a four-year deal at Ewood Park to become compatriot Mark Hughes's first signing of the summer.

Brown's future at The Priestfield Stadium had been in doubt ever since he rejected the offer of a new Gills contract and Swansea made their interest known in the player before Rovers stole in to clinch a deal.

Brown told the club's official website: "Just a month ago I was waiting on a contract offer from Gillingham, then last week I looked to be on my way to Swansea before I spoke to [Rovers coach] Eddie Niedzwiecki and he asked me to give them some time.

"It hasn't sunk in yet, I imagine it will do in the next few days. It just goes to show that anything can happen in football, it has been a whirlwind.

"I can't wait to get started working with the coaches and players here."

Brown will compete with Peter Enckelman to be understudy to first choice Brad Friedel next season and the transfer is expected to shelve Rovers' plans to sign Watford's Richard Lee, who spent the last campaign on loan at Ewood Park.