Bradley Dack has hailed the contribution of strike partner Danny Graham after he penned an extended deal at Rovers.

Graham has started 20 of Rovers’ 26 Championship fixtures so far, enough to activate the one-year extension on the contract he signed in the summer.

That will keep him at Ewood until 2020 and Dack believes that is great news with the 25-year-old having benefited most from Graham’s ability having struck up a great understanding at the top end of the pitch.

“Danny has been amazing. It seems like he’s rolling back the years at the minute,” Dack said.

“He holds the ball up so well, he’s so good for the team and he’s brilliant for me.

“He’s done wonders for me, he’s set up a lot of my goals and I think we’ve just got that understanding.

“I know where to be around him and he knows where I’m going to be and he flicks the ball on to my runs and sets if off when he needs to.

“I can’t praise him highly enough, he’s been brilliant.”

Rovers have struggled to find an adequate replacement for Graham this season, either when the 33-year-old has been rested or substituted.

Dack himself has been used as a central striker in a bid to fill the void when Graham hasn’t been on the pitch, a position Rovers boss Tony Mowbray will seek to strengthen this month.

And Dack feels the way Rovers play brings out the best in Graham, who he thinks is one of the best target men in the Championship.

He added: “He’s brilliant at what he does. He knows his game, he’s played for a long time now, so he knows what he’s good at and I think the team now knows what he’s good at.

“So we play to his strengths and it works for us.”

Dack moved to 13 goals for the season with his header in the FA Cup tie at Newcastle United on Saturday, four ahead of Graham who scored four times last month to take his tally to nine.

The former Gillingham man finished top of the Rovers scoring charts last season, with 18, one ahead of Graham, who enjoyed an excellent second half of the campaign.

“It’s getting tight,” the 25-year-old said of the battle to be the club’s top scorer.

“I think I’ve scored in the last couple of games, so I’ve just gone a little bit ahead, but it’s all friendly competition.

“At the end of the day, me and Danny would tell you that while we both want to score, the result matters more and if we don’t score and we win then it doesn’t really matter.”