Nuno Gomes has re-iterated his enjoyment at his one year stay at Ewood Park despite it coming to a disappointing end.

The Portuguese striker was signed by Rovers at the age of 35, after 79 caps and 29 goals for his country, and quickly netted four times in his first six games for the club.

However, he found himself out of the team in a chaotic 2012/13 season for Rovers in the Championship and played just seven times in the second half of the campaign.

With Rovers needing to cut their wage bill after failing to make any inroads towards promotion back to the Premier League, Gomes saw his time at the club come to an end, midway through the two-year deal he signed when joining from Braga.

But despite the disappointing way his time came to an end, Rovers, and the fans, clearly made an impression.

Speaking in an interview with VBET News, he said: “They way the other players, the way the fans, live for football it was incredible for me to understand the way everyone thinks about football and the way they approach football during the sessions in the week.

“I was not used to that and in fact I enjoyed it a lot.

“In terms of life quality, lifestyle, I was living in Manchester so it was very good, a very good surprise for me.”

In an interview with the Lancashire Telegraph in 2014, Gomes expressed how he wished he had been younger when making the move to Rovers, his only experience of English football.

He said: “I spent very good moments in Blackburn and I really enjoyed playing for them.

“I met some wonderful people and I still talk with some of them.

“It was sad for me that I had to leave but with my age and not playing we decided that was the best solution for everybody.”