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Blackburn Rovers new boys playing for futures
CAMERON Stewart and David Jones admit they are both playing for their futures during their loan spells at Blackburn Rovers.
The duo could be handed their first starts for Rovers in tonight’s Championship fixture at Bolton Wanderers after coming off the bench to make debuts in Saturday’s 3-2 home loss to Peterborough.
Stewart and Jones have both arrived on loan until the end of the season, from Hull and Wigan respectively, and face uncertain futures once the current campaign is over.
Stewart, who can play on either wing, has fallen down the pecking order at Hull under Steve Bruce and a loan spell with Rovers’ East Lancashire rivals Burnley earlier in the season saw him make only two starts.
Having hoped to impress enough to earn a permanent deal at Turf Moor, he did not feature at all in the two months after Sean Dyche’s arrival as boss.
The 21-year-old is now eager to put a difficult period behind him and stake a claim for a longer term future at Ewood.
“It’s a big opportunity to try to get some games and hopefully show the world what I’m about again,” he said.
“It’s probably been my toughest season in professional football so far and hopefully I can put that behind me now.
“I enjoyed my time when I first signed for Hull. I was playing week-in, week-out and I was settled there, so when things changed it was hard to take.
“And it was a weird time for me at Burnley. Eddie Howe brought me in and I played the first few games, then Sean Dyche came in. To be fair he was quite honest with me about the other players that were there.
“But it was a loan that didn’t work out in the end and obviously when other managers look at it, they think he’s had two clubs and he’s not played so it’s a negative outlook.
“Hopefully I can show people while I’m here what I’m about.
“I know this is a loan but if it goes well I’d have to consider my options because under Steve Bruce I’ve not really got those opportunities.
“I’ve got a year left on my contract and if I have to go back to Hull then that’s what I’ve got to do.
“But at the end of the season I will be considering my options and seeing if I can move on.”
Stewart and Jones both went straight into the Peterborough game without having had a chance to train with Rovers, although the duo will be cup tied for Sunday’s FA Cup quarter final at Millwall.
Jones came off the bench to score on Saturday and also hopes to impress at Rovers as his Wigan contract comes to an end this summer.
The 28-year-old midfielder has made only eight league starts at Wigan this season and, having not played for almost a month, asked Roberto Martinez to let him join Rovers after hearing of their interest.
“I train really hard and you want to be playing on a regular basis,” said Jones, who like Stewart started his career at Manchester United.
“In recent weeks at Wigan I haven’t done. Maybe the manager did me a favour in terms of letting me go when perhaps he needed a bit of cover.
“But he listened to what I wanted and what was best for me. The opportunity came and I was very eager to take it.
“My future is uncertain and I want to do as well as I can and who knows what will happen.
“Obviously we’re getting into a stage when it does pop into your head what am I going to be doing next season?
“But in terms of right now there’s nothing I can do about it and I just want to do what I can for Blackburn Rovers.”
* Norwegian international midfielder Ruben Yttergard Jenssen is due to arrive for a few days of training with Rovers, according to reports in the player’s homeland.
The 24-year-old played down talk of a transfer, insisting he wanted to gain experience in England – linking up with compatriot Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Jenssen currently plays for Tromso and would not be available until the summer in any case.