DANNY Graham is close to extending his stay at Ewood Park for a further year, the Lancashire Telegraph can reveal.

The striker signed a new one-year deal with the club in the summer, which included the option for a further year, based upon the number of appearances made this season.

Graham has played all but three of Rovers’ 20 games this season and is close to triggering the one year option, something he would be in favour of.

The 33-year-old, who has scored four times this season, has become a firm fixture in Tony Mowbray’s starting line-up and has spoken of his desire to remain at the club.

“There are clauses in the deal where it activates another year and they aren’t a millions miles away at the minute,” Graham told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“I’m enjoying my football, coming in to training every day and working hard for the boys and the team and the supporters and everyone at the football club.

“Hopefully my stay is extended longer than maybe just next season as well.”

Graham looked to be frozen out of the first team picture at this stage last season, despite Rovers’ relegation to League One.

He started just eight of Rovers’ opening 22 games of the season, but has since started all but eight of their 41 league fixtures.

Graham believes he is as fit as he has been during his time at Ewood Park, having first arrived on loan in January 2016, and believes managing himself in training, and the young attackers signed by the club, have helped keep him fresh.

He added: “I think it’s managing myself every day and making sure I’m right going in to every game not thinking I’m letting myself or any of my team-mates down.

“The gaffer bringing in new blood has kept me on my toes and means that when the team goes out there on a Saturday I’m part of the forward line and doing well for this football club.”