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Corry Evans will have 'plenty of options' after Blackburn Rovers opt against new contract, insists boss Tony Mowbray


Corry Evans is still feeling the effects of a frustrating 2020.

Corry Evans is still feeling the effects of a frustrating 2020.

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Corry Evans is still feeling the effects of a frustrating 2020.

Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray expects a lot of interest in Corry Evans despite the Championship club revealing they have not offered the Northern Ireland midfielder a new deal.

The 30-year-old, who is the club's longest-serving player after arriving from Hull City in August 2013, is out of contract this summer.

Former club Hull, who won promotion back to the Championship last week, and League One Play-Off hopefuls Blackpool are among the clubs tracking him.

"He is out of contract and hasn't been offered a new one," confirmed Mowbray. "I am sure he will have plenty of options.

"Corry is an immense young man, an international footballer. He has plenty going for him. Let's see, but I am sure there will be a lot of takers for him.

"I have no doubt that not only will he find a new club, but it will be at a good level."

Injuries have dogged his eight years at Rovers, most notably a two-year struggle with a groin problem and an horrific fractured skull and shattered eye socket in January 2020 that required reconstructive surgery.

A spate of injuries in the final year of his current deal disrupted his chances of extending his Ewood Park stay.

"His overall season seems to have been driven by injuries," added Mowbray. "From having his face smashed last year to a broken toe and then a hamstring issue, he's had injuries all along.

"He has been unlucky with injuries. He was injured when I arrived here but if you are an abrasive, attritional footballer you will pick up injuries.

"I don't know his perception of the last four years. We went down to League One at the start but we had a good season getting back up. We tried to build from there but Corry has missed a lot of it through injury. I remember him making his return from his head injury and scoring but breaking his toe in the same game.

"I pigeon-hole Corry as a destructive, simplistic footballer rather than being creative. Against Huddersfield (last Saturday) for example, we played against a team who play out from the back. Corry is made for that job because he is brilliant at reading people's eyes, anticipating and stepping in front and nicking the ball.

"Those types of players get stuck in and injuries are part and parcel of the game. Corry has had his fair share, definitely."

And Mowbra has some advice for any club wanting to get the best out of Evans.

"I think the best way with Corry is to love him," added Mowbray. "A club where he will feel really important."

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