Former Blackburn Rovers Star To Be Released By Championship Club

Former Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers midfielder Corry Evans is set to leave Sunderland at the end of the season following the expiration of his contract, according to the latest reports.

The Northern Irishman, brother of defender Jonny Evans, played at Ewood Park over a nine-year period from 2013-2021, signing for the Lancashire outfit just twelve months after they last appeared in the Premier League.

Blackburn Rovers Set Asking Price For Key Star

Evans was a key man for Blackburn Rovers in the middle of the park for most of his time at the club but injuries towards the back end of his spell meant he became a bit-part player in his final two seasons. Nevertheless, he still made 220 appearances in total for the side before eventually leaving as a free agent in 2021.

Despite having plenty of experience in the Championship, the Northern Ireland international dropped down a division, moving to the Stadium of Light on a two-year deal with the club holding the option to extend his contract by a further year.

Just a few months into his time on Wearside, then Sunderland boss Lee Johnson handed Evans the captain’s armband. The experienced midfielder eventually guided his side to promotion to the second tier, after years of languishing in League One, and helped his team achieve a top-six finish last season under Tony Mowbray, whom he worked with at Blackburn.

Unfortunately, recovering from an ACL injury he sustained in January 2023 hindered Evans from having any real impact this term as he went on to make just three appearances across the 2023/24 campaign.

Now, Football Insider are reporting that both Evans and another ex-Rovers man, Bradley Dack, will leave Sunderland at the end of the season as the board have refused to hand the duo new contracts. This claim was later backed up by The Northern Echo.

Writer’s View

Evans is a player with a wealth of knowledge and experience in League One and the Championship, winning promotion three times in his career, including once with Hull City to the Premier League in 2013 when Steve Bruce was in charge.

Furthermore, he helped both Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland return to the second tier of English football. While he may not have the legs in the midfield that he used to, his experience could be invaluable and Evans will likely be snapped up by another side in League One over the summer for this very reason.

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