Wanted Goodwillie could still feature for Blackburn Rovers
DAVID Goodwillie could make a shock return to the Blackburn Rovers squad for tomorrow’s FA Cup clash at Manchester City.
The striker is expected back at Brockhall this morning after Dundee United decided against extending his six-month loan.
Goodwillie, who scored six goals in 22 games at Tannadice Park, is understood to be considering an offer to join Aberdeen.
St Johnstone and Oldham are also interested in signing the Scotland international on loan.
But Rovers boss Gary Bowyer yesterday stated there had been no ‘concrete offers’ for Goodwillie before hinting he may be involved in the third-round replay at City.
Bowyer said: “His loan has finished at Dundee United so we’re expecting him back in unless somebody else comes in for him.
“Full credit to him, he didn’t want to be sitting around on the bench, he wanted to be out playing some games. That was his decision and we supported him.
“Unless he goes out again he is a Blackburn Rovers player and he could find himself back in the squad for Manchester City.”
Goodwillie’s last appearance for Rovers was the 1-1 draw at Birmingham City on the final day of last season. The 24-year-old has made just 10 starts for the club and an additional 24 appearances off the bench, scoring five goals, after making a £2m move from Dundee United in August 2011.
His loan return to United – where he started his career and won the Scottish Cup in 2010 – was branded a ‘bit of a disappointment’ by the club’s chairman Stephen Thompson.
Goodwillie’s representative, Ricky Gillies of the Pro-Legal Group, confirmed that the striker is determined to revive his Rovers career.
Gillies said: “He is keen to get his career kick-started and the only place he is looking to play is Blackburn. He gets on well with the manager, who rates him.
“People say his loan spell at Dundee United didn’t work out but United have been flying and it was hard for him to get a run of games.
“But over his career his scoring ratio has been spectacular and he just needs time on the park if he is to get back to that kind of form.”
Gillies, however, confirmed that another loan is a possibility.
Dundee United were believed to be paying around half of Goodwillie’s estimated £8,000 per week wages.
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