BLACKBURN Rovers striker Anton Forester will leave the club when his contract expires in the summer.

The 22-year-old has made only one first-team appearance since his arrival on a free transfer from Everton in January 2013.


After making his Rovers debut in the FA Cup quarter-final replay defeat at home to Millwall in March 2013, Forrester was sent on loan to Bury.

He netted seven goals in 31 games at Gigg Lane before he was struck down by a serious knee ligament injury which ruled him out for nine months.

After making a scoring return for Rovers Under-21s, Forrester was hampered a series of niggling knocks.

But, after being handed a new one-year contract last summer, he has been fully fit this season.

Forrester bagged seven goals in 21 appearances for the U21s, including a penalty in the 2-2 home draw with Aston Villa which sealed their place in the U21 Premier League Division Two play-offs, and he also had a one-month loan spell at Morecambe.

But he was unable to force his way into first-team contention, both under Gary Bowyer and then Paul Lambert, and his departure will be announced tomorrow when Rovers release their retained list.

Forrester is likely to have to restart his career in either League One or League Two.

Bury, Morecambe, Stevenage are all thought to be among the clubs interested in signing him.