BLACKBURN Rovers ace David Dunn is keen to sign a new contract at the club – but accepts he will have to play a waiting game.
The 34-year-old’s current one-year deal runs out in the summer and he wants to agree fresh terms, adding that he has no intention to move into coaching next season, with Rovers or any other club.
But with Gary Bowyer’s side still in with an outside chance of making the play-offs the midfielder is willing to remain patient.
On a new contract Dunn said: “I’ve had a few little chats here and there but it’s like last season, when I think I signed just before pre-season.
“Although it’s always nice to know what you’ve got in store and where you’re going to be, in the same breath you’ve got to be patient.
“Ideally I’d like to stay here for another year.
“I’m going to carry on playing wherever it is but ideally that would be Blackburn Rovers.
“So it’s a case of finishing the season and then seeing what happens. I think patience is the main thing here.
“We’ll see where the club stand with it, weigh the options up and see where we go from there.”
The midfielder has featured in 23 of Rovers’ 44 league games so far this season.
He has scored four goals – with his volley in the 3-3 draw at Watford last month his 50th league strike for the club – and set up a further six.
The former England international is working on his coaching qualifications but he has no current interest in a playing-coaching role.
“While you’re playing you should be looking to focus on playing,” said Dunn, who missed Monday’s 4-2 win at his former club Birmingham City with a minor calf injury, an injury he hopes to recover from in time for Saturday’s trip to Charlton Athletic.
“I think they are two totally different jobs.
“And they’re both difficult jobs as it is so I wouldn’t want to intermingle the two.
“Coaching is what I want to do and when you’re doing your badges, you do think about it.
“But if I’m still knocking out 25 to 30 games a season and still making an impact, and I still feel I can warrant a place in the side and my fitness is okay, I’ll keep playing.
“I think you’re a long time retired.
“All the ex-players I speak to tell me the same thing – keep playing as long as you can.
“So as long as the body holds up, that’s what I’ll be doing.”