Former Blackburn star David Dunn lined up for Chesterfield role

HITC Sport understands former Blackburn Rovers captain David Dunn could link up with Dean Saunders at Chesterfield in a player-coach role.

HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club that former Blackburn Rovers star David Dunn is a target for new Chesterfield boss Dean Saunders.

Dunn is a free agent after leaving Blackburn at the end of the season – the second of his two spells with his hometown club.

The 35-year-old joined Blackburn as an eight-year-old and progressed through the youth system, establishing himself as a mainstay in the first-team.

He left to join Birmingham City in 2003, but returned to Ewood Park in 2007 and made over 350 appearances for Blackburn during his two spells at the club.

Dunn, who won one England cap in his career, has admitted he is keen to go into coaching and is currently taking his badges.

New Chesterfield boss Saunders is understood to be ready to offer Dunn a role on his coaching staff, as well as allowing him to combine that role with playing.

Saunders has worked with Dunn before when he was a coach at Ewood Park under Graeme Souness and he believes the midfielder would be a welcome addition to his playing and coaching staff next season.

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