Hoilett offered new Blackburn Rovers contract


BLACKBURN Rovers have now made a formal offer to Canadian starlet Junior Hoilett as the club make every attempt to secure his long term Ewood Park future.

Hoilett’s current Rovers deal expires next summer and, with a host of Premier League clubs tracking his situation closely, boss Steve Kean is desperate to secure his prized asset on a bumper new contract.

As revealed in the Lancashire Telegraph, Kean travelled out to Toronto to discuss Hoilett’s future with his parents last month with both parties claiming the meeting went well.

David Hoilett
David Hoilett

Rovers have since submitted an official offer to the winger and his representatives and are confident the 21-year-old is ready to commit his future to the club.

Kean said: “I had a great talk with his mum and dad in Toronto.

“He has since received an offer of a very good healthy contract and the signs are that is progressing well.”

Hoilett has been a revelation at Rovers ever since Kean succeeded Sam Allardyce as manager last December, ending the campaign as the club’s most likely match winner.

Hoilett and his family have been impressed by Kean’s faith in him and liked the plans for the club Kean put across to them at their meeting last month.

Further talks are expected before a deal is finalised but both parties are optimistic he will put pen to paper on a new deal.

El-Hadji Diouf MIA


ABSENT star El-Hadji Diouf looks set to face disciplinary measures when he return to training with Blackburn Rovers.

Confusion still surrounds Diouf’s whereabouts, with the 30-year-old yet to report back for pre-season amid an uncertain future at Rovers, and the Senegal international looks likely to face a club fine when he finally returns to the fold.

Sources close to Diouf have suggested that Rovers gave the player permission to return to training late in order to fulfil charity commitments, but club insiders are said to be puzzled by his absence.

Diouf spent the second half of last season on loan at Rangers and has been told by Rovers boss Steve Kean that he is likely to be down the club’s pecking order this season.

El-Hadji Diouf
El-Hadji Diouf

This follows on from yesterdays news :

CONFUSION surrounds El-Hadji Diouf’s absence at Blackburn Rovers’ pre-season training with the player yet to report back this summer.

People close to Diouf have said the club gave him permission to come back late to fulfill charity commitments but some Rovers sources were yesterday understood to be baffled by his whereabouts.

The 30-year-old was not present on the club’s pre-season training camp in Austria last week and has yet to make an appearance with the full squad who were back at Brockhall from Monday Diouf’s agent declined to comment, while Rovers were unavailable for comment when approached by the Lancashire Telegraph last night.

Diouf’s Rovers future has been shrouded in uncertainty ever since he was shipped out on loan to Rangers last January, where he went on to help them lift the Scottish Premier League title.

The controversial midfielder has been critical of Rovers’ sacking of boss Sam Allardyce and stated his desire to remain at Ibrox at the end of last season.

A lack of suitable suitors means Diouf currently remains a Rovers player and his representatives told the Telegraph just last month that he was ready to sit his remaining year on his contract out at Ewood Park.

Diouf missed yesterday’s behind closed doors friendly against Oldham, the club’s pre-season opener.