Ryan Giles ready as needed after Blackburn Rovers loan
Ryan Giles will be ready when called up – which could happen as soon as this weekend’s game at Swansea City.
Giles became a Rovers player an hour after the 11 p.m. transfer deadline and signed a deal for the rest of the season.
The 22-year-old wide has spent the month training with parent club Wolves after breaking his loan spell at Cardiff City, where he managed nine assists in 22 games, to assess his first-team credentials .
Although Giles hasn’t played for a month following Wolves’ decision to exercise the recall clause in his previous loan deal, he is training regularly and is fit and available for a possible Swansea City start with injury problems for Tony Mowbray.
“I’m ready whenever the manager needs me,” Giles said.
“Last time I played was a month ago but I’m back at Wolves for the rest of the month training hard so whenever the manager needs me I’ll be there. the.”
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Ryan Giles is looking to follow in the footsteps of one of his mentors, Scott Sellars, by becoming a hit at Ewood Park.
Sellars was a favorite during his six-year stint between 1986 and 1992 and now works at Giles’ parent club Wolves as technical director.
Earlier this season he branded the 22-year-old as one of the country’s best young ball-crossers, with Giles delivering on that promise with nine assists in 22 appearances for Cardiff in the first half of the season.
Giles was ‘thriving’ during his time at the Bluebirds before being recalled by Wolves who agreed to loan him out again on deadline day, with Rovers winning the race for his signature amid other interest of the championship.
For a fourth successive window, Giles made a loan switch to a Championship club, with Rovers following Cardiff City, Rotherham United and Coventry City to secure his signature.
It has given Giles the experience of nearly 100 senior appearances, and he believes his path is the right one.
“I have to look at the long term benefits. My parent club is a fantastic club that is doing very well, so it will never be easy when your parent club is doing well like Wolves,” he explained.
“I have so much experience under my belt and I keep growing, developing, and that’s what I want to do and keep pushing myself.
“That’s the biggest goal and my rewards will come later and I go where I want.
“Every club has a plan for how they want to do things with their players, mine is in place and it’s about getting that first-team experience and growing as a person and a player.”
Giles described a “swirling” deadline which saw an early evening rush to M6 to finalize the deal and undergo his medical, with the deal then announced at midnight.
He said Rovers’ position in the league is “selling out” and is looking forward to competing at the top of the table.
Injuries to left-back options Harry Pickering and Tayo Edun could open the door for him to make his Swansea City debut on Saturday, but he is equally fit to play further up the pitch on both flanks.
He has played against Rovers for each of his last three loan clubs, including a 45-minute appearance for Cardiff at City in a 5-1 loss in September, although his performance has not gone unnoticed with Tony Mowbray .
During his spell with the Bluebirds he said: “I was thriving there but Wolves are my parent club and have every right to call me back. I knew it could be a possibility and when it happened you had to accept it, go back and try to work your way into the team.
“That’s the mindset I had coming back to Wolves, training every day, the manager liked me which was great from my point of view, leaving him so late at the end he better if I finished the second half of the season on loan.
Giles described Sellars as a “close contact” he can trust and talk to throughout his loan spell.
He has done his own research on Rovers, but was impressed by his conversations with manager Mowbray whose first-team plans he will target in the remaining games.
“I certainly had two choices but when you look at the grand scheme of things Blackburn are in a great position, a great team, a fantastic manager as well as a great fan base,” said the new No.28 of the Rovers.
“Looking at all the options I had, I think it was a no-brainer for me to come here.
“League position is selling. I think you look at every aspect when looking to join a club on loan, but being here now, a club fighting for promotion, I was really looking forward to getting into this position.
Previous loan spells saw Giles having to get used to settling into clubs quickly and his experiences at each shaped him to be a better player.
He added: “That’s why I’m on loan, every team is in different positions and I’ve known teams that fought to stay on their feet like I did last season with Rotherham, now I came here and I’m looking to try and get promoted to the Premier League.