Doncaster Rovers: Blackburn lead chase for Chris Brown

Chris Brown looks set to leave Doncaster Rovers.
Chris Brown looks set to leave Doncaster Rovers.
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Chris Brown could be the next player to depart Doncaster Rovers - with Blackburn Rovers understood to be in pole position for his signature.

Brown, last season’s unanimous Player of the Year, has another year to run on his contract but has seen his wages cut by 50 per cent following Rovers’ relegation from the Championship.

The frontman’s contract situation is understood to have alerted several Championship clubs.

But, according to John Ryan, Blackburn have stole a march on any competition by offering the 29-year-old wages of £10,000 a week.

Ryan said: “We have unfortunately lost (Mark) Duffy and Chris Brown as they had to take a 50 per cent wage cut.

“Chris Brown has been offered 10 grand a week by Blackburn, you can’t compete with that.”

Doncaster-born Brown was among the first names on Paul Dickov’s teamsheet last season as his strength and presence in attack became a focal point of Rovers’ play.

However, Dickov is unlikely to be able to stand in Brown’s way should he choose to follow Mark Duffy out of the Keepmoat Stadium exit door.

Duffy, who joined Birmingham City yesterday, had a relegation release clause in his contract, and he’s unlikely to be the only one of Rovers’ remaining 12 players with such a clause written into his terms.

Brown is thought to have impressed Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer during Doncaster’s 2-0 win over the Lancashire outfit in August last year.

Should he make the move to Ewood Park, he would compete with French striker Rudy Gestede for the targetman role. He would also team up again with left back Tommy Spurr, who left Doncaster to join Blackburn last summer.

Former Sunderland and Norwich striker Brown, who enjoyed a successful loan stint at Doncaster earlier in his career, joined Rovers for a second stint from Preston on a free transfer in July 2011.