BLACKBURN Rovers signalled their intent ahead of the new League One campaign with the capture of highly-rated attacking midfielder Bradley Dack.

Rovers have splashed out an initial £750,000 on the 23-year-old who joins from Gillingham on a three-year deal with the option for a fourth.

The deal to bring the 23-year-old to Ewood Park also includes a number of add-ons for a player who was named League One player of the year in 2015/16.

The Lancashire Telegraph revealed last week that Rovers had made contact with the Gills an enquired over the possibility of a move for Dack.

And after agreeing a fee, and personal terms, Dack was unveiled as the club’s third summer signing, following Peter Whittingham and Richie Smallwood through the Ewood arrivals door.

Rovers will look for Dack to add a goalscoring threat from midfield having netted 31 times in the last three seasons for the Gills who avoided relegation from League One on the final day of last season having just missed out on the play-offs in 2015/16.

Much of that promotion push was down to the form of Dack who scored 15 times, including one against Mowbray’s Coventry City in a 4-1 defeat in November 2015.

Dack also laid on 11 assists during his stellar year in 2015/16, which saw him named as the league’s best player, and saw the Gills turn down bids of around £2million in January 2016 for the playmaker.

He was in to the final year of his contract at the Priestfield and wasn’t included in the club’s pre-season trip to Northern Ireland over the weekend as he finalised his move to East Lancashire.

Dack will team up with his team-mates for the first time today as Rovers return to Brockhall for pre-season fitness testing.

Their pre-season friendlies begin with the trip to Barrow on Saturday, July 8 (3pm) before the squad head off to Austria for their week-long training camp.

Dack will come up against his former side Gillingham at Ewood on September 30, before the return fixture at the Priestfield on March 17.

Speaking of Dack’s departure, Gills chairman Paul Scally said: Chairman Paul Scally said: “As much as we’re disappointed to see Bradley go we understood that he needed a fresh challenge to further his career.

“He’s been a fantastic servant to Gillingham Football Club and we wish him every success for the future.”