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  • "Well, there are no surprises with regards to the players who have been transfer listed. Whether we'll be able to get rid of all of them is another story though. I think Best did enough whilst on loan at Wednesday to interest some clubs, but his £32k-per-week* wages could be a stumbling block. However, the chance to play first-team football could see him take a pay-cut to move on. Goodwillie was sought after by a few clubs back in January, and his £20k-per-week wages* could probably be covered by quite a few teams in the SPL.

    Marrow would be lucky to get a move to another Championship club, seeing as how he's struggled to make an impact in League Two, so, despite not being on big wages, he's another who may need to take a pay-cut to drop down a division or two. As for Campbell, a lot rests on the outcome of the investigation into spot-fixing. Personally, I can't see anybody coming in for him until it's resolved, and even if he's proved innocent his age, lack of form and £24k-per-week wages* aren't going to attract many clubs.

    As for Jordan Slew, I wouldn't be surprised to see him return to Scotland as, despite not scoring for Ross County, he still played well and impressed their management team. Also, like Marrow, he's not on big money either. That leaves Dickson A-boo-boo who'll probably pick up ACL damage walking to the shops to pick up the Sunday papers before pre-season even starts. Injury prone, over 30 years of age and banking £30k-per-week* makes him nigh on unsellable. The only positive outcome with him would be if he stayed fit and forced his way into the first team with the kind of displays that he put in for Fulham.

    I think one telling omission from the list is Yann Songo'o. Like Slew, he spent the second half of the season at Ross County and cemented his place in the starting XI. He scored 3 goals in 17 appearances (not bad for a defender), and can play as a right-back or centre-half. It could be that Bowyer will decide to keep him as cover this season.

    * I don't have access to the players bank accounts so my figures are based on the (oft-inflated) figures quoted in the media and by trolls on the Internet."
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Goodwillie to hold talks as Rovers put six on the list

Goodwillie to hold talks as Rovers put six on the list

David Goodwillie

David Goodwillie

First published in Sport
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DAVID Goodwillie will discuss his future on his return from holiday after being one of six players transfer listed by Blackburn Rovers.

Rovers have been attempting to move on a number of high-earners for some time and have now taken the step of officially placing six players on the transfer list.

A brief club statement confirmed that Goodwillie, Leon Best, DJ Campbell, Dickson Etuhu, Alex Marrow and Jordan Slew are all available for transfer.

But it still remains uncertain whether all six will depart Ewood Park this summer.

Rovers have been trying for some time to move on certain players – including Best, who was deemed surplus to requirements by boss Gary Bowyer as far back as last August.

Best and a number of others were recruited on high wages and Rovers have so far struggled to find clubs willing to take on their salaries.

Goodwillie has scored only five goals and made just 10 starts for Rovers since joining the club from Dundee United in a £2.8m deal in 2011.

The Scottish striker had a loan spell at Crystal Palace during the 2012/13 season and was willing to fight for his place at Rovers last summer, only to go out on loan again – this time to Dundee United.

He ended the 2013/14 campaign on loan at Blackpool and, although he still has a year left on his contract at Ewood Park, his agent Ricky Gillies now expects the search to start for a new club.

“That’s the natural progression now,” admitted Gillies, a former Aberdeen and St Mirren player.

“He’s on holiday at the moment, I’ve not spoken to him yet.

“Obviously things haven’t panned out the way he had hoped at Blackburn.

“I need to speak to him and we need to see where we go from here.”

Although Rovers have not explicitly state that the six transfer listed players are available for free, they are unlikely to seek large fees – keen simply to get the salaries off their wage bill.

Rovers have cut their wage bill substantially over the past 12 months – agreeing pay-offs with the likes of Danny Murphy, Nuno Gomes, Gael Givet and Morten Gamst Pedersen, while also selling Scott Dann to Crystal Palace.

But they know they need to reduce the wage bill further as they attempt to fall in line with the Football League’s incoming financial fair play regulations.

Rovers have previously admitted that they are in danger of a transfer embargo when the new regulations come into place in January.

Best still has two years left on his Rovers contract but fell out of favour early in the 2013/14 campaign.

Attempts to move him on eventually resulted in a loan switch to Sheffield Wednesday, although the Owls could only afford to take on a portion of his substantial wage packet.

Campbell was loaned to Millwall, but the Lions sent the striker back to Ewood Park last month when he was re-arrested as part of a National Crime Agency probe into alleged spot-fixing in football.

The 32-year-old, who still has a year left on his Rovers deal, was bailed until late June.

Etuhu had said this week that he wanted to fight for his place at Rovers and show that he had more to offer at the club, after a disastrous two seasons hit by poor form and injuries.

But the midfielder, who has two years left on his contract, has now been told he is on the transfer list.

Also available for transfer are midfielder Marrow, who made only four appearances for Rovers after rejoining the club on a three-year deal last summer.

The 24-year-old had a spell on loan at Fleetwood early in 2014.

Slew, who has one year left on his contract, has played only two games since joining Rovers minutes before the August transfer deadline in 2011.

His only league appearance, however, was a substitute in Rovers’ famous 3-2 victory at Manchester United.

He has since had loans at Stevenage, Oldham, Rotherham and Ross County.

There also remain doubts over the futures of Alan Judge and Ruben Rochina.

Judge spent the end of the season on loan at Brentford and has said he would be interested in staying at Griffin Park after their promotion to the Championship.

Rochina has been on loan at Spanish club Rayo Vallecano and could decide he wants to remain in his homeland.

Bradley Orr remains on loan at Toronto until the end of the calendar year.

• Young Rovers midfielder Josh Morris is expected to be part of the Fleetwood Town side that takes on Burton Albion at Wembley in this afternoon’s League Two play-off final.

Morris has scored two goals in 16 games since signing on loan for Fleetwood in February.

• Rovers’ under 21 captain Darragh Lenihan earned his first cap for the Republic of Ireland under 21 team as they drew 1-1 with Qatar in Germany on Saturday.

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