Rovers have confirmed head of recruitment John Park will leave at the end of his contract this month.

It had been expected that Park, who joined the club last summer, would leave at the end of his deal, following Tony Mowbray and Mark Venus out of the club, with Rovers now providing confirmation.

New director of football Gregg Broughton praised the work of Park, but said at last week's media unveiling he was yet to speak to the Scot about his future.

Park reunited with Mowbray and Venus, who he worked with at Hibs and Celtic, last summer.

That followed the departure of Stuart Harvey to Sunderland, the Northern Irishman having been an integral part in Rovers’ restructure of their recruitment team.

That work was taken on by Park, but he will now be leaving the club at the end of his contract.

He said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here and can’t praise the club enough. It was a fantastic experience working alongside Tony Mowbray and Mark Venus, as well as all of the support staff, who have helped me immensely.

“I wish the club every success in the future and I look forward to returning to Ewood Park to watch the team play under the new Head Coach.”

Rovers have moved to strengthen their recruitment team with the appointments of two new analysts.

Broughton praised Park’s work which he believes will allow for a ‘seamless’ transition for Rovers’ incoming recruitment chief.

He added: “I’d like to place on record our sincere thanks to John for all the great work he has done in the year that he has been with the football club.

“He has put foundations in place for us to have a successful transfer window this summer and he has built a Recruitment department, consisting of Anthony Bates, Tom Sutton (who joins from Oxford United) and Karl Newton (who joins from Stockport County), which allows us to have a seamless transition when the new head of player recruitment arrives.”  


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