Blackburn Rovers defender Matt Kilgallon set for new deal

Jack Walker statue at Ewood Park

HITC Sport understands that Blackburn Rovers have taken up an option to extend Matt Kilgallon's contract for another 12 months.

HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club Blackburn Rovers have extended captain Matt Kilgallon's deal at Ewood Park by exercising the option in his deal for another year.

The former Sunderland defender's existing deal expires this summer and he could have been available on a free transfer.

However, Blackburn have taken up the option to extend his contract by a further 12 months and they are to hold talks about extending it even further.

Kilgallon joined Blackburn on a free transfer from Sunderland in the summer of 2013 and arguably enjoyed his best campaign for Rovers this season.

The 31-year-old made 27 appearances in all competitions and helped the club to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup before losing 1-0 to Liverpool after a replay.

The former Leeds United defender has established himself as a key member of Gary Bowyer's side and was captaining Rovers in the second half of the season.

Bowyer is keen to keep hold of his best performers and securing Kilgallon on a new deal will be welcome news as he looks to mount a serious bid for promotion from the Championship next season.

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