Blackburn Rovers attacker Bradley Dack says he would love to play for the club in the Premier League, but appears to have hinted that he would be willing to move elsewhere if they were unable to give him the chance of top-flight football.
Dack, who joined Rovers from Gillingham in 2017, and helped the club win promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt during his debut season at Ewood Park.
Since making that step up to the second-tier, Dack has been in prolific form, scoring 24 goals in 61 Championship appearances since the start of last season, something which has previously led to speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League.
The 25-year-old’s current contract at Ewood Park is set to expire at the end of next season, with Rovers keen to secure their key man to a new deal at the club, and speaking about his future, Dack himself told the Lancashire Telegraph: “I’m at the age where I should be playing my best football and hopefully that is coming and I can keep improving.
“But it is a big period for me and we’ll see where it takes me.
“I’ve not many any secret of the fact I want to play in the Premier League, hopefully that’s with Rovers. If it’s not, then it’s not, my career, I want to play at the top level and I feel like I need that chance.
Discussing how he views his current situation at the club, Dack continued: “I don’t want to miss the boat, I’m happy here and it would be perfect for me to get this club back to where it belongs.
“Time barriers are something I’ll discuss with the manager and where he thinks the team is going, how I look at the team and how it’s progressing and go from there.”
Blackburn have now won their last three games in a row, with Dack scoring four times in that run, to move themselves up to 11th in the Championship table, and within touching distance of the play-offs.
Assessing what the club must do in order to turn that position into a genuine push for promotion, Dack added: “We’ve gone from 10 points outside the top six and three wins later we’re now four points away which is nothing, two or three games and we can be back in the top six.
“We need to find that level of consistency. That’s what we have to do if we have any ambition if we’re to get into that top six. ”
This feels like it is going to increase the pressure on Blackburn significantly this season.
At 25-years-old, Dack is starting to approach what will likely be the peak years of his career, and it seems pretty clear that he wants to be spending them in the Premier League.
That is something that is likely to attract the attention of several sides in the top flight, meaning Blackburn are going to need to show Dack sooner rather than later that they are capable of giving the chance to play at that level of football, if they are going to have the best possible chance of keeping him long term.
If they are unable to do that, then it could be a significant blow to Blackburn’s own chances of returning to the top flight sooner rather than later, when you look at the influence that Dack currently has on that side.