Blackburn Rovers boss tells want-away Alan Judge he will see him back for pre-season

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

GARY Bowyer has told want-away midfielder Alan Judge he expects to see him back at Blackburn Rovers for the start of pre-season.

Judge is desperate to pen a permanent deal with Brentford after a highly successful four-month loan spell at the League One outfit.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who re-signed for Rovers on a three-year contract last summer, has scored six goals in 21 games to help the Bees to promotion to the Championship behind champions Wolves.

Judge has made it clear he wants to remain at Griffin Park.

But Bowyer does not anticipate granting Judge his wish before Rovers start their preparations for the 2014-15 season.

The Rovers boss, whose side complete their Championship campaign at home to Wigan Athletic today (12.15pm), said: “Judger is contracted with us.

“I’m delighted he’s got promotion with Brentford and he’s certainly played his part.

“But he’s contracted with us so we expect to see him on July 1.”

Judge returned to Rovers in July after three years at Notts County.

The Irishman, who came through the ranks at Ewood Park, featured in the first five matches of the season.

But he struggled to regain his place in Rovers’ line-up after he was rested for the 4-1 home win over Bolton Wanderers on August 31 following the birth of his first child.

Craving first-team football, Judge was allowed to join Brentford in January.

And the former Republic of Ireland U21s international, who has been tipped to win his first senior call-up, has certainly flourished at the Bees.

He described his match-winning penalty against Preston North End on Good Friday, which confirmed Brentford’s promotion, as the ‘best moment of my career’.

And it is a career he wants to continue with the Bees.

Judge, who is contracted to Rovers until 2016, said: “I hope they can agree to either bring me here permanently or another loan – anything just so long as I can come back here next season.

“I’ve loved my time here. The boys and the club are great and I love being in London.

“I don’t want to go back there and be a bit-part player again.”

Brentford boss Mark Warburton has confirmed he wants to sign Judge, who is one of nine senior players Rovers have out on loan.

The others are Bradley Orr, Yann Songo’o, Josh Morris, Alex Marrow, Ruben Rochina, Leon Best, David Goodwillie and Jordan Slew.

Youngsters Jack O’Connell, Anthony O’Connor and Ryan Edwards are also out on loan.

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8:30am Sat 3 May 14

owd nick says...

Judge is being honest, he's a decent player but the best he can hope for is a place on the bench, especially when you see the midfield options GB has to call on now.

He wants first team football, simple as that and who can blame him.

I suspect that GB is just playing the game here, it's a challenge to Brentford to come in and make an offer, or improve the loan conditions more in our favour for next season.
Judge is being honest, he's a decent player but the best he can hope for is a place on the bench, especially when you see the midfield options GB has to call on now. He wants first team football, simple as that and who can blame him. I suspect that GB is just playing the game here, it's a challenge to Brentford to come in and make an offer, or improve the loan conditions more in our favour for next season. owd nick
  • Score: 12

8:38am Sat 3 May 14

dallydally says...

Let him go; all heat and no light. We don't need him with the midfield quality we now have
Let him go; all heat and no light. We don't need him with the midfield quality we now have dallydally
  • Score: 6

9:00am Sat 3 May 14

greenscreener says...

owd nick wrote:
Judge is being honest, he's a decent player but the best he can hope for is a place on the bench, especially when you see the midfield options GB has to call on now.

He wants first team football, simple as that and who can blame him.

I suspect that GB is just playing the game here, it's a challenge to Brentford to come in and make an offer, or improve the loan conditions more in our favour for next season.
I think you are right there Nick but I also think GB isn't going to start shuffling the pack until he has sat down with the Venkys and discussed the business plan for next season.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Judge is being honest, he's a decent player but the best he can hope for is a place on the bench, especially when you see the midfield options GB has to call on now. He wants first team football, simple as that and who can blame him. I suspect that GB is just playing the game here, it's a challenge to Brentford to come in and make an offer, or improve the loan conditions more in our favour for next season.[/p][/quote]I think you are right there Nick but I also think GB isn't going to start shuffling the pack until he has sat down with the Venkys and discussed the business plan for next season. greenscreener
  • Score: 3

11:08am Sat 3 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

Says a lot for the no-dad team spirit if this lad can't wait to go back.

Keeping unhappy players at your club will be counter productive, as you will no doubt find out over the summer when Rhodes has his transfer request turned down because you want a ridiculous amount of money for him.
Says a lot for the no-dad team spirit if this lad can't wait to go back. Keeping unhappy players at your club will be counter productive, as you will no doubt find out over the summer when Rhodes has his transfer request turned down because you want a ridiculous amount of money for him. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -9

2:22pm Sat 3 May 14

roverstid says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Says a lot for the no-dad team spirit if this lad can't wait to go back.

Keeping unhappy players at your club will be counter productive, as you will no doubt find out over the summer when Rhodes has his transfer request turned down because you want a ridiculous amount of money for him.
Hahaha!

At least you can make me smile with your desperate attempts at wind up.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Says a lot for the no-dad team spirit if this lad can't wait to go back. Keeping unhappy players at your club will be counter productive, as you will no doubt find out over the summer when Rhodes has his transfer request turned down because you want a ridiculous amount of money for him.[/p][/quote]Hahaha! At least you can make me smile with your desperate attempts at wind up. roverstid
  • Score: 6

4:22pm Sat 3 May 14

noddy57 says...

Any player good or bad who wants away let them go, you will never get the best out of a player who does not have his mind on his job, cash in and on we go,,we have much more important priorities to be getting on with,
Any player good or bad who wants away let them go, you will never get the best out of a player who does not have his mind on his job, cash in and on we go,,we have much more important priorities to be getting on with, noddy57
  • Score: 3

8:37am Sun 4 May 14

accylongside says...

Another rat deserting the sinking ship. Who can blame him. Brentford or ni sads? Not much of a call is it??
Another rat deserting the sinking ship. Who can blame him. Brentford or ni sads? Not much of a call is it?? accylongside
  • Score: -4

4:53pm Mon 5 May 14

Gereire says...

Important to hold onto him until the dust settles over the summer. Yes we have great midfield options now but who is to say they will all be there come the start of next season.

Judge is a good player and I feel a bit sorry for the situation he has found himself in after returning to Rovers, he obviously thought he was going to feature more, but i trust Bowyer.

I think Bowyer has shown he is the man who can lead us to promotion next season though, and he can be trusted on the transfer front.
Important to hold onto him until the dust settles over the summer. Yes we have great midfield options now but who is to say they will all be there come the start of next season. Judge is a good player and I feel a bit sorry for the situation he has found himself in after returning to Rovers, he obviously thought he was going to feature more, but i trust Bowyer. I think Bowyer has shown he is the man who can lead us to promotion next season though, and he can be trusted on the transfer front. Gereire
  • Score: 0

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