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Bellamy completes Blackburn switch

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Bellamy will be teaming up again with former Wales manager Mark Hughes

LONDON, England -- Wales striker Craig Bellamy has ended an unhappy spell at Newcastle United by joining Premier League rivals Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee.

"I am happy to be here. I want to get on and play football," said Bellamy, after signing a four-year contract.

"It's been a tough period for me but I'm going where people know me and I'm looking forward to working with them."

Bellamy, who turns 26 next week, spent the second half of last season on loan to Celtic after a public fallout with Newcastle manager Graeme Souness.

He joins forces again with Blackburn manager Mark Hughes, the former Wales coach, who was full of praise for his new signing.

"I think it is a real notice of intent," said Hughes. "We have got a player who I feel is one of the best of his type in Europe.

"He is the kind of player that excites crowds and gets people off their seats and cheering, and we hope everyone will come and see him."

Bellamy, who previously had spells at Coventry City and Norwich City, was confident the move would help him become a better player.

"There's a lot for me to improve upon and I'm sure with the people I'm about to work with I'm going to really improve," he said.

"I want to be a better player, Mark Hughes and (assistant coaches) Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki all know that."

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