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Blackburn Rovers close to a Dunn deal
DAVID Dunn could be set to sign a new one-year contract at Blackburn Rovers before the end of the week – after the club agreed an extension to Lee Williamson’s Ewood Park deal.
Williamson has put pen to paper on a new contract keeping him with Rovers until the summer of 2015, and Dunn is also now close to agreeing a deal with the club.
Dunn is out of contract this summer and had been linked with interest from overseas clubs, but has always indicated that he wanted to stay at Rovers.
Talks over a new deal have dragged on since the end of the season but both parties are now understood to be hopeful of a resolution this week.
Dunn has been offered a 12-month contract and boss Gary Bowyer has been eager to keep the 33-year-old at the club.
Dunn has often played in an advanced role behind striker Jordan Rhodes in recent times, while Williamson has impressed in central midfield since arriving in February.
Williamson was a free agent at the time and signed an 18-month deal to join Rovers.
But the 31-year-old’s form has done enough to persuade Bowyer to extend that contract by a further year.
He said “I came here on a short-term contract, so I’m happy that it has now been extended.
“I like it here. It is a big club, there are a lot of good players, the structure is good as well as the ground and the following from the fans.
“Now I’ve signed an extension here I can establish myself and this club can push forward.
“As a player there is always room to improve, so hopefully I can show that this coming season.”
Rovers have been drawn away to League One side Carlisle United in the first round of the League Cup, with the tie due to be played on the week commencing August 5.
Rovers recently recruited under 21s coach Eric Kinder from Carlisle and it will be the first meeting of the clubs since 1986.
The fixtures for the new Championship season will be announced tomorrow at 9am.
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