Date: 20th May 2017 at 9:03am
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Blackburn have confirmed the release of eight players following the Championship relegation – captain Jason Lowe among them.

Long-serving midfielder, Lowe was appointed as captain last summer under Owen Coyle but he’s one of the players released by the club following relegation. No doubt the release of Lowe, 25, is as much down to a cost cutting measure as anything, coupled with the fact clubs at a higher level have reportedly courted him.

He had played over 200 games for Blackburn during his seven years at Ewood Park.

Lowe was joined by defenders Adam Henley, Wes Brown, Gordon Greer and Joshua Askew and midfielders Hope Akpan and Danny Guthrie. Also leaving the club at the end of his contract on June 30th is young striker Ramirez Howarth.

However, new contracts have been offered to young defender Lewis Travis, 19, and Connor Mahoney. A member of Blackburn’s first team squad, Mahoney, 20, has been subject of speculation linking him with other clubs so all this contract offer to him would do is ensure a compensation fee is agreed if he turns this down.

Blackburn have also offered professional contracts to Charley Doyle, Joe Grayson, Tyler Magloire and Stefan Mols but scholars Ben Ascroft, Alex Curran, Mason Fawns, Callum Hendry, Matthew Makinson, Tre Pemberton, Joel Steer and Ben Williams were all informed they didn’t have a future at Ewood.

The club said: ‘Rovers would like to place on record their thanks to each player for their hard work and dedication during their time at Ewood Park and wish them all the best for the future.’

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