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Alex Baptise happy at Blackburn Rovers

27 August 2014

On-loan Blackburn defender Alex Baptiste has told Bolton he "doesn't want to go back" to the Macron Stadium as he hopes to secure a permanent deal at Ewood Park.

The 28-year-old is on a season-long loan with Rovers following an unhappy 12-month spell with their Lancashire rivals, for whom he spent all of last term in an unfamiliar left-back berth due to injuries.

Baptiste has only played four times for Blackburn but admits he already feels at home with Gary Bowyer's squad.

"It's fantastic; I love the place, the staff and the fans have been absolutely fantastic," he said after Saturday's 3-2 win over Bournemouth, which was Rovers' first three points of the season.

"I feel at home here, I couldn't have asked for a better club and I don't want to go back.

"You couldn't want for anything with the facilities we've got here. The staff work their socks off, the fans are fantastic, I just want to be part of this squad. I'm really enjoying it and hopefully we'll do well this year."

Being utilised in his preferred role in the centre of defence - which is where he has been since Matt Kilgallon's opening-day injury - has helped put a smile back on Baptiste's face.

"I definitely see a future here," he added.

"The staff have been fantastic, the manager has been unbelievable, and I'm really enjoying it, which for the past 18 months, I haven't enjoyed my football at all.

"I'm smiling again, I'm enjoying my football, and I know it's early doors and I've still got to prove myself, but if I could sign here then, oh my god, yes! I'd snap their hands off."

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