Bradley Dack featured on the latest episode of 'In The Box' podcast with former team-mate Luke Rooney where the Rovers attacker discussed his rehabilitation and recovery from his ACL injury, as well as his career so far.

Dack also outlined his 'Dream XI' of players he has played with during his career so far, a team which features many current, and some former, Rovers players.

You can watch the full episode here.


He’s moved on now, got a move in the summer to Brentford, and I think it really suits him with the way they play. He’s a Spanish goalie, he’s 24. When Jason Steele went to Brighton the gaffer gave him the No.1 shirt and technically he is unbelievable, the best shot-stopper I’ve played with by far. Some of the saves he made in training were ridiculous. He’s quite young, he made a few silly mistakes, you always expect that. To be 24 and play the number of games he has, they can play until they’re 37 or 38, and I think he is one who could easily move on to the Premier League.

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He’s a bit of a weird one because I never played in a professional game with Baz, I played reserve games and pre-season in my first season, he was still at Gills, but more coming up from the youth game, he was coming back from injury and watching him in the stands, I remember looking at him and thinking ‘no-one has gone past him’. I play with Ryan Nyambe now who will be the best right back I’ve played with in the end, he’s top class, but is still learning and will 100 per cent go on to play in the Prem. But Baz comes to my mind.



I just remember when he first came, Peter Taylor was in charge, and we played in a game against Bromley and he kept wrapping it through the lines to me and I was thinking ‘who’s he and where’s he come from’. We became really good friends. He came out of Sunderland and he was brilliant. He was a leader and he would probably be my skipper, great skipper, maybe didn’t have that pace but has a football brain that doesn’t allow him to be out-paced. He was the best player I played with at Gills.



What a player, what a man first of all. He’s looked after me since I went to Blackburn, he’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever met in my life and he’s an all round nice guy. Football wise his left foot is unbelievable, an absolute wand. I remember watching him play for Celtic in holding midfield, and for Celtic I think that’s perfect for him because they have all of the ball. For us, centre half, since I went to Blackburn he hasn’t played anywhere else and I think that’s perfect for him, he reads the game so well. I might be lacking some pace at the back with them. He’s brilliant, set pieces, he’s a leader, speaks a lot in the meetings, on the pitch, and helps out with the goings-on at the club, and as a player, top class, and a really good professional.

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He made a massive impression. He came straight in to the team and his first couple of games, speaking to Danny Graham, we were saying he was quality. He’s an 8/10 every week, doesn’t get run past, always in the right position, and for us, good on the ball. For him to get in the team having not played many games with him says a lot about him.



I have only played with him this season, a good man to have around the place and I get along with him. Since he came he’s been brilliant, had a top career, played for some big clubs, and it’s nice to speak to him about that, the same with Charlie, what it’s like to play for those teams. I think he’s one that if you don’t play with him, you don’t understand how good he is, and the fans appreciate how good he is. I remember playing against Derby and coming off the pitch and thinking ‘that was tough’. He was strong, always tight to you, in the right position, it was hard to get it off him.

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What a player. From the first session you could tell, his brain more than anything is incredible. Some of the things you see him do in training, for someone who’s 35, you think that at 25 he will have been some player. He doesn’t give the ball away, and that’s the main difference. Speaking to him and Charlie, they say that the top level everyone makes less mistakes, and the ones you make are punished more and that sums up how Stewy plays and that’s why he’s played at the top level for such a long time. He’s a top professional, does everything right, he’s played for England and Liverpool, he could just sack it off, but he’s a top man.



I had doubts since I got released from Charlton, it put that nagging doubt in my head ‘would I ever be good enough?’ I bounced back from that, got in to the youth team at Gillingham, and then getting in to the first-team, the first start I had was away to Wycombe in League Two. I played central midfield in a three and thinking ‘these are too good for me, too quick, too strong’ and he (Martin Allen) took me off at half-time. I got over that because of the people around me and the players that were in that team, and I was lucky a lot of the players were older, an old group, and they guided me through that first season. From winning League Two it was a confidence thing, the more games I played the more confident I got, experienced and mature I got, and I think that’s why the top players that came through at 17 or 18 they have that belief. Over time, I feel like I’ve got that, but at the start I didn’t have that. I wish I had never doubted myself, you have to believe in your own ability as I do now.



I came across him the first time I won the League One player of the season award for the first time and he was at Coventry under Tony Mowbray.  They had some team, and Arma was the one who stood out the most having played against him, scoring 16 goals before Christmas, and had already made his debut in the Premier League at 16. I’m not sure why it didn’t work out for him at Newcastle. He ended up coming to Blackburn on loan in League One and he was brilliant, so sharp, first day in training he gave Ryan a torrid time in training. He’s rapid, so quick, and the other thing I thought he is brilliant at is a natural finisher. Both feet, top corner, bottom corner, really good finisher and this season, since I got injured, he’s been the one that’s scored all the goals and long may that continue. I think he could definitely make his way back to the top level.

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The most frustrating player I’ve ever played with. He was the best I’ve seen at coming in on his left foot and finding the far corner. The first 10 games at Gills he was unplayable, incredible some of the things he’s done. I used to sit back and think ‘how’s he not playing in the Premier League’. I found that over the season I spent with him, but to watch him in those 10 games, and in training he was the best player.



First of all, I owe him a lot. He winds me up about it, but I do honestly owe him a hell of a lot. Since the first day I walked in, the first conversation, I was walking through the training ground doors and I’d never met him before. He said ‘make sure you sign and I’ll get you 15 goals this season’. We ended up not playing that much in the first few months of the season but then struck up one of those partnerships that don’t really happen that often. We didn’t need to work on it. I got 18 goals and he got 17 the first season and he’s been brilliant for me. He knows the game so well, when the ball is in certain position he knows where to be and I fed off that. It worked and we had that connection where we’d know where each other would be. He’s the best centre forward I’ve played with by a long way. Off the pitch he’s been massive with me. I had a tough time when I first joined but he really helped me with that, made me mature and grow up, and he’s a top guy.