OUT-of-contract star David Dunn is in talks over signing a new deal with Blackburn Rovers.
Discussions between the 34-year-old’s representative and Ewood Park are ongoing.
Dunn is keen to extend his stay at his hometown club to a 14th season – and, as revealed by the Lancashire Telegraph, Rovers boss Gary Bowyer is keen to keep him.
Dunn insisted he sees his immediate future on the field rather than in a coaching role.
“I want to keep playing,” said Dunn, who has scored 59 goals in 366 appearances for Rovers across two spells split by a stint at Birmingham City.
“I felt my form last season was pretty good so while my body stills feel up to playing, I want to focus on that. I’ve done my A Licence and coaching is something I’ll look to do in the future. But I certainly feel I’ve still got to offer a lot as a player.
“And if I can play another 20-odd games next season and my body still feels up to it, I would like to carry on after that.”
A double knee operation meant Dunn missed two months of last season.
But the attacking midfielder still made 24 appearances, scoring four times – including goal of the season contenders at home to Bolton Wanderers and Blackpool – and making six assists.
Dunn’s current 12-month contract officially expires on June 30.
But, as he is over the age of 24, he is free to talk to other clubs and it is understood there has been interest from outfits lower down the Football League.
But he has always maintained his desire to remain at Rovers.
Bowyer, too, has made it clear he wants to retain Dunn’s services.
Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph last month Bowyer said: “I want to keep him.
“I think everybody knows my opinion on David Dunn and what he is to Blackburn Rovers.”
Bowyer would also like to keep left back Markus Olsson, the only other senior player in his squad to be out of contract.