ROVERS head coach Tony Mowbray says he wants opposition teams to ‘feel our threat’ as he looks to add to the quality of his squad this summer.

Mowbray believes Rovers will need to score in excess of 70 goals if they are to achieve their promotion aim next season and is on the hunt for strikers to add competition to last season’s top scorer Danny Graham.

Goals from midfield will also be key, with three of the four midfield recruits to date, Bradley Dack, Peter Whittingham and Ben Gladwin, all capable of reaching double figures.

And former Coventry City chief Mowbray says memories of coming up against Dack, previously with Gillingham, and former Swindon Town man Gladwin, were key to his decision to bring them to Ewood Park.

“When my team played against them you could feel their power and their threat,” he said. They were special players.

“When we play teams, and even if it’s a bad day and we’re not very fluent, it’s tough and attritional, the opposition feel our threat because of the players that we have on the pitch.

“There will be a lot of tight games. Good players win you football matches, that’s no secret, and the more good players the better chance we will have of that.”

Dack was named League One player of the year in 2015/16 as Gillingham pushed for a play-off place alongside Mowbray’s Coventry.

That form saw Dack receive Championship interest, with the Gills rejecting bids of £2m from Bristol City. His, and the Gills’, form dipped last year, and Mowbray believes that help Rovers snare one of their top targets this summer.

The Ewood boss added: “I like his energy and enthusiasm, I want him to do what he’s good at which is buzz around the pitch, get in the box, score goals, passes, runs, tackles and is all action.

“I’m not sure we would have been able to get him 18 months ago, I don’t think that would have happened, but we’re delighted to have him and hopefully get him to the levels where he can get to and beyond.

“He’s 23 and has a lot of progress in him.”

Mowbray also believes Dack, along with fellow new boy Whittingham, Charlie Mulgrew and Craig Conway can help Rovers maximise their set-piece potential.

“At a time at Cardiff when they had a big side in their promotion season to the Premier League, they scored a lot of goals from set plays and Peter Whittingham’s left foot was pretty key to that,” Mowbray added.

“We have Charlie Mulgrew who has a pretty special left foot and Craig Conway has a pretty good right foot.”