Judge interested in permanent Brentford deal

Alan Judge

Alan Judge

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

ALAN Judge is interested in making a permanent move to Brentford once his loan deal from Blackburn Rovers runs out.

The 25-year-old midfielder has quickly established himself as a fans’ favourite since signing for the Bees on loan in January.

He has scored three goals in 15 games to help the Griffin Park outfit up to second in League One and to the verge of automatic promotion to the Championship.

Judge is due back at Rovers in the summer but he will look to leave the club for the second time in his career if he is deemed surplus to requirements.

He said: “I’m not sure what’s happening at Blackburn.

“I’ll have to speak to the manager but that won’t be sorted until the start of pre-season.

“I’ve still got another couple of years left on my contract but I want to play football, that’s the type of person I am.

“I started the first five games of the season but my little girl was born and then I found myself out of the team for eight weeks.

“If I’m surplus to requirements then Brentford would be one of the clubs I would love to come to.”

Judge made the step up the Championship last summer when he re-signed for Rovers after three seasons playing in League One for Notts County.

The Irishman, who joined the Magpies from Rovers in November 2011 after an initial loan spell, has made just seven starts this season and he made it clear to Gary Bowyer when the transfer window reopened in January that he wanted to go out on loan in order to play first-team football.

Bowyer, who handed Judge a three-year deal after bringing him back to the club, agreed with his request.

But it is understood the Rovers boss has not yet closed the door on the Dublin-born playmaker reviving his Ewood Park career.

Judge is one of 15 players Rovers currently out on loan.

Another is striker David Goodwillie at Championship rivals Blackpool. The Scotland international has scored two goals in his last three appearances for the Seasiders and he admits, after just nine starts in two-and-a-half years at Rovers, he is relishing the chance to play first-team football.

Goodwillie, who signed for Blackpool on loan in January, said: “Regular football is a must have for me, I’m desperate for it. I need to start enjoying my football again.

“I’ve been working hard in training to try and get in the manager’s plans and thankfully it has paid off and he has given me some game time.”

Goodwillie has been joined at Bloomfield Road by former Rovers assistant manager Eric Black.

Black assists rookie caretaker manager – and Ewood old boy – Barry Ferguson for two days a week and on matchdays.

Goodwillie said: “I was at Blackburn with him and I learned a lot from him there.

“He knows what he is talking about so what he says the players take on board.”

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