Jacob Davenport discussed his Rovers departure for the first time to admit his frustration at a lack of game-time.

Rovers announced last month they wouldn’t be extending the contract of Davenport who joined the club in 2018.

He managed only 36 appearances across an injury-hit spell at Ewood Park, and leaves disappointed that he wasn’t given more chances to impress in the first-team.

Davenport failed to make an appearance in 2022, despite being available for much of the second half of the season, and impressing in the 3-1 win over Sheffield United in November, his first start of the campaign.

There were fleeting moments of promise, striking up a partnership with Lewis Travis in early 2021, but he never made three consecutive starts at any point in his Rovers career, and unable to ever cement his place in the side.

Writing on social media of his departure, Davenport said: “After four years at Rovers I just wanted to thank the players, the staff and the fans for their support.

“It was an honour to play for such a big club although it was frustrating being given very, very few opportunities to showcase my talent.

“All the best for the future.”

The 23-year-old had loan interest from Scottish Premiership Aberdeen in January, and the Dons are understood to still be keen on Davenport who is now available on a free transfer.

There had been discussions at Rovers about the potential of extending the deal of Davenport, but his contract wasn’t renewed and is now free to find a new club.

He played 10 times for Rovers in 2021/22, with his best return for any campaign coming in 2020/21 when he played 16 times, scoring what proved to his only goal for the club in the 2-2 draw with Brentford.

Davenport was Rovers’ second signing after promotion from League One, joining on a four-year deal, for an undisclosed fee, from boyhood club Manchester City.


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