Doubt has been cast over the future of Harry Chapman – just a week on from Tony Mowbray indicating Rovers would trigger the one-year option in his contract.

Chapman has scored six times and caught the eye during a loan spell at League One side Shrewsbury Town.

The winger had said the ball was in Rovers’ court over his future, given the one-year option in the deal he signed when joining from Middlesbrough in January 2019.

That prompted Mowbray to reveal that Rovers would extend his deal through to 2022 and assess him in pre-season upon his return to Ewood Park.

However, the Daily Mail is reporting that despite Mowbray’s intention, Chapman is expected to become a free agent this summer, with Shrewsbury Town leading the race for his signature.

Mowbray said last week: “Harry will come back here pre-season undoubtedly.

“We have an option here on Harry and that will be triggered. Then we’ll see how he looks through pre-season, see what he’s doing and see how close we feel he is to impacting our starting XI and our team and we’ll make a call with it.

“I’ll sit down and talk to him. He’ll play some pre-season games and hopefully, he becomes a big asset.”

Chapman hasn’t made a Championship start for Rovers since re-signing for the club, the 23-year-old having spent much of his time since signing playing for the Under-23s. He re-joined the club after first signing on loan in the League One promotion campaign of 2017/18, a spell cut short by injury.