FORMER Colchester United favourite Sammie Szmodics has signed for Championship club Blackburn Rovers.

The 26-year-old has left League One side Peterborough United to join Rovers on a three-year deal, for an undisclosed fee.

Szmodics has signed a contract at Ewood Park through to 2025, which includes a 12-month option in the club's favour.


Szmodics told RoversTV: โ€œIโ€™m over the moon and itโ€™s something thatโ€™s been in the pipeline for a while now.

โ€œIโ€™ve driven up today, weโ€™ve got everything finalised and Iโ€™m really looking forward to getting started.

โ€œItโ€™s been a case of the deal happening and then not happening, but we got the call last night saying everything had been finalised.

โ€œItโ€™s a massive club. I played against Rovers twice last season for Peterborough and played at Ewood Park.

โ€œThis is a fantastic club with a fantastic fanbase, itโ€™s something that any player would want to be a part of.

โ€œOnce I heard of the interest I was desperate to get the deal done due to the history of the club, the size of the club and the fanbase.

โ€œIt was something that I could not turn down.

โ€œIf you ask any player, they know about Blackburn Rovers and the history of the club."

Szmodics scored a total of 40 times in 165 appearances for his home town club Colchester, between 2013 and 2019.

The former Stanway School pupil twice finished as the U's top scorer during his time at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Szmodics ended his 16-year association with the U's when he joined Championship side Bristol City in the summer of 2019.

The former U's academy product joined Peterborough on a four-year deal from the Robins in September 2020, having previously been on loan at Posh.


Szmodics made 86 league and cup appearances for Posh, scoring 23 times.

Roversโ€™ Director of Football, Gregg Broughton, said: โ€œWe identified that we needed to add both athleticism and another goal threat to the squad, and Sammie gives us both of these qualities.

โ€œWhen he was played centrally for the final ten Championship games of last season, we saw Sammie recreate his form from League One, with four goals and an assist, along with both the creative and physical metrics of an attacking midfielder who will add a different dimension to our group.

โ€œAs importantly, we know what Sammie will bring as a character and how easily he will fit into the great team spirit and mentality of our players.โ€