BRADLEY Johnson likes what he’s seen so far at Ewood Park.

The new Rovers midfielder was given a glowing recommendation by former Norwich team-mate Elliott Bennett ahead of making his move from Derby.

And the 32-year-old hasn’t been disappointed in his first few days training with his team-mates after signing a two-year contract to become the second major new arrival following on from the signing of Stewart Downing.

“The club’s history speaks for itself,” Johnson said.

“It always knew Blackburn was a big club – they were in the Premier League for so many years.

“Coming to the training ground you don’t get facilities like this unless you’re a big club.

“I know how big a club it was, how big a club it is and I want to be part of getting it back to where it should be.”

Johnson and Bennett played together in the top flight for the Canaries before being promoted back to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2015.

It is something the pair will be looking to repeat in Rovers colours with the new man believing that everything is pointing in the right direction.

“I speak to Benno quite a lot,” said Johnson, part of the Rams side that missed out on promotion against Aston Villa at Wembley in May.

“Last year throughout the season I spoke to him and he came to the play-off final and watched me.

“We’re very good friends and the minute I knew there was interest from Blackburn he was the first person I phoned.

“I can’t tell you what he said on the phone because he was so happy but he just sold the club to me.

“He said it’s a great club and I trust my friends.

“I’ve come here and realised how special this place is and hopefully we can get promotion.

“They are a great bunch of lads who are young, hungry and just want to work hard in training.

“They just want to win for each other.”

Bennett has earned a reputation as being dependable and increasingly versatile for Tony Mowbray.

Johnson’s position in the Rovers set-up for the coming season is perhaps more clear cut.

But the all-action midfielder insists he is will to do whatever job is asked of him by his new manager.

“I’ve played various positions across the midfield,” Johnson said.

“I don’t know what formation or shape the manager is planning on playing this year.

“I know we’ve been working on a few formations in the last few days in training but I’m just getting my head down and working hard and whatever position the manager wants to play me I’ll always give 100 per cent.

“Hopefully I can get a starting place and do well for the club.”