Gary Bowyer praises Doneil Henry's 'incredible debut' after loan move

Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has heaped praise on defender Doneil Henry after his loan move from West Ham United.

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer told BBC Radio Lancashire that new signing Doneil Henry was 'incredible' in his first game for the club since joining on loan from West Ham United.

Henry, 21, signed for West Ham in the January transfer window, with the Canadian international signing as one for the future.

Having not played for West Ham since joining from Apollon Limassol, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce chose to loan the youngster out to gain first team football at Blackburn.

He immediately started in Rovers' trip to face Sheffield Wednesday, and helped Gary Bowyer's men record a 2-1 victory at Hillsborough.

Henry was thrown in despite only knowing his team mates for a couple of hours, but Bowyer told BBC Radio Lancashire that Henry was 'outstanding'.

"What a debut. Incredible debut. Against a very, very tough cookie in [Atdhe] Nuhiu. It was an outstanding debut," said Bowyer.

Nuhiu is a big, physical striker who can cause problems for any defender, but Henry stood up to the challenge well on his Rovers debut.

Now set to stay at Ewood Park until April 6th, Henry will look to get plenty of experience under his belt during his time at Rovers - and Bowyer admitted that he spoke to former Rovers defender Ryan Nelsen about signing him, who managed him in Toronto.

"We made several enquiries about him, because that's the work that you do. Different people knew him; we spoke to Ryan Nelsen, we spoke to Bradley Orr, who played with him at Toronto, we spoke to several other people at West Ham that couldn't speak highly enough of him - and he's done West Ham proud," he added.

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