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Amanda joins promoted Blackburn
 Women's Football News 29 Jul 2006
 
Amanda joins promoted Blackburn - 29 Jul 2006 - Women's Football NewsAmanda Barr has revealed that a return to her native North West and the ambitions of her new club helped her decision to make her summer move to Blackburn Rovers.
 
The England striker has joined the National Division newcomers from Charlton Athletic and she told Women's Soccer Scene that she is hoping to help Blackburn establish themselves in the top flight of women's football.
 
"I've come from Charlton, who are one of the top teams in the women's game and I understand that Blackburn aren't up there with Charlton at the moment," she says, "but the club is working to a four-year plan and we feel that in those four years we can be there with the likes of Charlton and Arsenal, and I want to help this club get there.
 
"They've got the full backing of the main club and any women's team needs that to progress. While I was at Charlton, it was a real struggle getting to training and Blackburn is a lot closer (for me). My game went down a little at the end of last year because i wasn't able to attend training but now I am able to train and Andy (McNally) is going to be working a lot closer with me and it should help get my England shirt back, which i have been missing in the last few games
 
"I've been down south now for three seasons so it is like coming back home and, as they say, once a northerner always a northerner."
 
As for Blackburn's realistic aims for the season, Amanda is in no doubt that they need to consolidate at their new level. "First and foremost, it's to stay in the Premiership and that's what we've agreed on as a club," she replies. "We've got to win the games against the likes of Birmingham and Chelsea and give it a real go against the bigger teams."
 
Blackburn have landed the plum first fixture of the season as they play at home to Champions Arsenal, and Amanda is confident that her team will take a positive approach to the match. "You've got to play them sometime or other," she smiles. "We're not going to go into the game thinking 'Oh, its Arsenal' but will give it a go - and that's how we will approach every game. It is a good time to play Arsenal as it's the beginning of the season and we're quite happy that it's in the first game."
 
Blackburn manager Andy McNally is understandably delighted with his capture, who will be the first full England international to play for the club. "It's taken a lot of work this summer from both parties to make this move possible," he says. "I'm just delighted now that she has signed and look forward to seeing her in action.
 
"The obvious quality she possesses is that she's a proven goalscorer at the top level and at international level. Hopefully, some of her goals can be the difference between drawing a game and turning it into a win but as well as that, she does bring a lot of experience. She is level headed and i think she'll fit in to what I want."
 
You can watch the full interview with new Blackburn Rovers signing Amanda Barr, as well as manager Andy McNally, on our TV Channel.

 
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