Darragh Lenihan is set to leave Rovers at the end of his contract, director of football Gregg Broughton has confirmed.

The Lancashire Telegraph reported earlier this month the Rovers captain wouldn’t be extending his deal at Ewood Park to take up the offer of a long-term contract at Middlesbrough.

An agreement is in place between Boro and the 28-year-old who has been on international duty with Republic of Ireland, winning his first competitive cap for his country in their midweek draw with Ukraine.

The formalities of his deal are expected to be tied up soon, ahead of his unveiling as a Boro player, bringing an end to his long-term association with Rovers.

Lenihan had weighed up his future over the course of the summer, with an offer on the table to stay at Rovers where he has made 252 first-team appearances.

Interest has been strong in the defender, including that of Middlesbrough, with boss Chris Wilder having tried to sign Lenihan in 2018 while at Sheffield United.

Supporters had questioned whether the appointment of Jon Dahl Tomasson as head coach could persuade Lenihan to stay, although director of football Broughton says that option isn’t on the table.

“I haven’t had a chance to speak to Darragh myself, but the information I got when I came was very clear that he’d already made that decision and communicated that with the club,” he explained.

“Darragh has been a great servant, he’d come through the Academy, been here many, many years, and sometimes a player says that’s his time to go and have a look elsewhere, and sometimes in life you have to experience something different.

“We wish Darragh the very best, and if he’s still playing in the Championship next year, I’m sure the fans will give him a warm welcome.”

Asked whether there was the prospect of conversation, or if things had progressed beyond that, Broughton added: “The information I have is that it’s past that, and because of that, I deliberately haven’t followed up on that.”

Joe Rothwell confirmed last month that he would be leaving Rovers at the end of his contract.

The end of the midfielder’s four-year stay had been on the cards for some time, with Premier League new boys Bournemouth, who tried to sign him in January, set to confirm his signing as a free agent.

Ryan Nyambe is another first-team regular whose contract is drawing to a close, with no agreement yet over an extension. Equally, Nyambe hasn’t yet signed for another club, though the 24-year-old is free to discuss his future with interested parties.

Asked whether he had spoken with Nyambe, or his representatives, Broughton said: “Not yet, but that’s on the agenda, and will happen very soon.

“Hopefully we’ll have an answer on that shortly.

“Ryan is a top player, he can be a top, top Championship player, I think he really suits the football that Jon wants to play.

“We’ll sit down with him, but it’s wrong of me to put words in someone’s mouth and I haven’t had chance to speak to either Ryan or his representative.

“When I’ve done that, I’ll be able to give you more information.”

Head coach Tomasson says discussions have been held about recruitment, with new signings key to Rovers’ new era under their Danish boss.

He added: "In a window, there will always be players coming and going - we just have to pick up the right ones and the recruitment team is working extremely hard on that. We have a meeting already regarding that, so it's about doing the right things at the right moment."


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