With the curtain now drawn on the 2017/18 League One campaign for Blackburn Rovers and promotion back into the Championship confirmed for the coming year, this week the club explained the state of play with our retained and released list.
— Blackburn Rovers (@Rovers) May 14, 2018
With player contracts set to expire on June 30th, the Official Site confirmed that experienced first team duo Danny Graham and Craig Conway continued to hold discussions over new deals covering the season ahead, but as is the nature of EFL regulations both players are now unfortunately free to discuss alternative options and a potential future elsewhere given they are both over the age of 24.
Lewis Mansell has been made an offer of re-engaging his agreement from July 1 and youngster’s Charlie Albinson and Andrew Jackson have been informed of Blackburn’s desire to enact options held on them to keep them both with us for a further 12 months.
Leaving the club this summer will be Elliott Ward, Liam Feeney, Aaron Dillon and they are joined by scholars Matthew Campbell, Matthew Chan, Callum Dolan, Ben Donnelly-Blackburn (what a great name!), Frank Jones and Brad Lynch.
The club obviously wishes those leaving us the best for their future as this isn’t a great time of year for people in football, whether they are starting out in their wanted career or known players with mortgages and commitments.
There are a number of reactions to this news and obviously, the greatest concern from Rovers’ fans is focused on Graham and Conway.
How dare you!
— Cameron Deacon (@RoversReports21) May 14, 2018
Devastated. Feeney gone as well ???? Need to find another scapegoat
— Jack Mills (@MillsJ29) May 14, 2018
Gotta keep Danny
— cameron white (@camster1103) May 14, 2018
Interesting get out the dead wood and add with hungry proper quality for bargains like Big Dack was.
— Moe (@SoftieNamedG) May 15, 2018
Whether or not fans will take solace in his words, Conway has been on record speaking to the Official Site saying he’s enjoyed his time at Ewood Park so he’s certainly not ruling out staying – in fact that would be his preference if a deal can be done.
“I don’t know what’s happening with my contract at the moment. I’m speaking to the club but I can’t say too much about it. We’ll see what the future holds but if I have played my final game for the club then it’s a fantastic way to bow out in getting promoted. I’ve enjoyed my time here so much and hopefully, I can stay longer. But it’s not the time to speak about that, it’s about revelling in promotion and enjoying it.”
Don’t be ridiculous he’s been injured and played well lately when he’s come on. Omg some fans just aren’t loyal to players who have given their all got the club
— LLAH YRRAH (@haz182) May 15, 2018