Rovers boss Tony Mowbray says he was fully understanding of Craig Conway’s decision to pursue a new career challenge away from Ewood Park.
The Scottish winger, who made 200 Rovers appearances after joining from Cardiff City in January 2014, will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of this month.
Mowbray admits he was happy for the 34-year-old to remain at Rovers for another year, but he wished him well after the hard-working midfielder, who started nine league games last season, opted to explore opportunities elsewhere.
“Craig had to hit a certain number of games to kick in another year in his contract and he got nowhere near that number of games, but I still offered him a new contract,” said the manager
“He phoned me up, man to man, and said that he wanted to play football in the last two or three years of his career. There was no bad tones, no negativity, he knew the situation.
“I was happy to keep Craig because of the lad he is and the positivity he brings to our training and our dressing room every day, but he wants to go and play, and that’s fine.
“It opens up some cash flow for us to put into wages and Craig will hopefully find the right club that allows him to play.
“As I said to him, hopefully he doesn’t come back and bite us on the backside, by swinging crosses in from either side to a centre forward who can head it in the net.”