ROVERS have announced the loan signing of Leeds United striker Marcus Antonsson.

The Swedish forward moves to Ewood Park on a season-long loan after turning down offers to return to his homeland to sign for Tony Mowbray’s men.

Mowbray has been working hard to add to his former line, with Danny Graham and Dominic Samuel previously the only senior strikers on the club’s books.

After an impressive goal tally in Swedish football, Antonsson joined Leeds last summer for a fee in the region of £2million.  But he started just six Championship games under Garry Monk, scoring three goals in his 21 outings in all competitions.

Antonsson wasn’t included in Leeds’ matchday squad for their win at Bolton on Sunday, or their Carabao Cup win over Port Vale on Tuesday.

He arrived at Leeds last summer after scoring 22 goals in 37 starts for Kalmar – who were interested on taking Antonsson back to his former club.

But Antonsson was keen to remain in English football, and will hope the loan spell at Rovers can help revive his Leeds career.

He will be available to feature for Rovers in the Carabao Cup, Checkatrade Trophy and FA Cup competitions.  Anstonsson has also been registered in time for tomorrow's home game against Doncaster Rovers. 

He becomes Rovers' ninth summer signing following Peter Whittingham, Richie Smallwood, Bradley Dack, Ben Gladwin, Dominic Samuel, Paul Caddis, Jayson Leutwiler and Harry Chapman to Ewood Park.