Luke Brennan has announced he is to leave Rovers after 14 years with the club.

The winger signed off with an assist in the Under-23s’ 4-3 win over Chelsea at Ewood Park on Sunday, but isn't being offered a new deal.

League One champions Wigan Athletic have been linked with a move for the 20-year-old who made his Rovers debut in 2020.

His substitute outing proved to be his sole appearance for the first-team, with a loan spell at AFC Fylde not working out as he would have hoped.

Brennan has been a regular for the Under-23s, with five goals and six assists in 39 appearances. He also starred for Rovers Under-18s in their run to the FA Youth Cup semi-finals in 2020.

But his time at the club is coming to an end, with the two-year contract agreed when signing professional terms in 2020 coming to an end.

Writing on Instagram, Brennan said: “Thank you to everyone at Rovers for the past 14 years, the staff that have helped me along the way and the players too.

“From starting in the U6s to achieving my dream which was making my debut but it’s now time to kick start my career somewhere else. Can’t wait for next season and what the future has to offer.”

Brennan has been used off the bench in recent weeks for the Under-23s, but he managed a goal in the win over West Ham United, as well as assists against Chelsea and Leicester City.

Joe Ferguson will also see his time with Rovers come to an end this summer, the full back used late on against Chelsea in what was his farewell appearance.

Thanking the pair, Under-23s boss Mike Sheron, who was worked with them closely throughout their development, wished them well for the future.

He said: “Luke Brennan and Joe Ferguson, those two were here when I started at the club six or seven years ago and I feel we’ve been on a journey together.

“While it’s disappointing for them to go on to pastures new, I think there should be excitement because they’ve been consistent, reliable and honest.

“I think there are definitely opportunities for them to develop careers and we wish them well.”

Sam Burns signed a one-year deal to extend his time at the club to 2023, while several other Under-23s regulars will be staying on, with new contracts in the pipeline, with minimal departures from the group this summer.

The Under-23s moved up to eighth in Premier League 2 with a win in their final game of the season.

It means they have now only lost one of their final 11 fixtures, winning seven.

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