Blackburn non-committal on David Goodwillie's future

By Liam McLeodFootball Commentator, BBC Scotland
Former Dundee United striker David Goodwillie

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer insists David Goodwillie can be part of his plans at Ewood Park but admits another spell on loan is a possibility.

He has just completed a disappointing temporary stint with Dundee United.

But Aberdeen, Oldham Athletic and St Johnstone are all interested in taking the 24-year-old striker on loan.

"There's been one or two enquiries, but nothing more than that," said Bowyer. "He could find himself back in our squad. He's a Blackburn Rovers player."

Goodwillie's representative, Ricky Gillies, says the striker's preference is to fight for a first-team place with Blackburn, but it is believed that Aberdeen are his preferred option if he is to go back out on loan.

Bowyer, who even suggested Goodwillie could play a part in his team's FA Cup third-round replay at Manchester City on Tuesday, was non-committal about whether another loan was an option.

"That's a discussion that me and Goodie have to have, but full credit to him last time - he didn't want to be sat on the bench he wanted to be out getting some games," he told BBC Lancashire.

"That was one of his decisions and we supported him.

"We're expecting him back unless someone comes back in for him.

"I think it would be unfair to say which clubs have actually rang up about David until we get a concrete off from somebody."

Goodwillie, who won the Scottish Cup with United in 2010 and scored 40 goals in 136 games, moved to Ewood Park a year later for a fee in excess of £2m.

However, he struggled to make an impact at the Championship club, making only 10 starts and, after rejoining United in July, scored six goals in 22 appearances before they decided against extending his loan.

Goodwillie, though, believes he can make an impact for Blackburn now, according to Gillies, of the Pro-Legal Group.

"His main aim is to push himself back into the first team there," he said.

"He is keen to get his career kick-started and the only place he is looking to play is Blackburn. He gets on well the manager, who rates him.

"He is competing with Jordan Rhodes, who is an £8m striker, for a place in the team, but he believes he can go there and score goals.

"People say his loan spell at Dundee United didn't work out, but United have been flying and it was hard for him to get a run of games.

"But, over his career, his scoring ratio has been spectacular and he just needs time on the park if he is to get back to that kind of form."

Aberdeen is an attraction for Goodwillie as he worked with Dons number two Tony Docherty when the latter was first-team coach at Tannadice under Gordon Chisholm, Craig Brewster and Craig Levein.

However, Gillies says Rovers' financial demands may make it difficult for Scottish clubs to make an offer.

"If he does go out on loan, it's important he goes to the right club," he said. "We have heard from Aberdeen, St Johnstone and Oldham and they are the clubs showing a keenness.

"But it is difficult for Scottish clubs because of David's contract situation.

"Blackburn will want to get him playing one way or the other, though, because he's not an asset to them right now if he's sitting on the bench.

"He has 18 months on his Rovers deal left, but for him it's not about money. He just wants to prove himself. He's not in a rush to leave."