Given the impact he made at Blackburn Rovers last season, it was perhaps no surprise to see Stewart Downing offered a new contract by the club earlier this summer.
Having made the move to the Ewood Park back in the summer of 2019 following his departure from Middlesbrough at the end of the 2018/19 campaign, Downing enjoyed an impressive debut campaign with the Lancashire club.
The veteran midfielder made a total of 43 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and providing a squad-best eight assists.
But while that led to the offer a new deal for Downing, no agreement has so far been reached between the two parties, leading to something of a back and forth summer with regards to the 36-year-old’s future.
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It was reported in early September that Rovers had taken the decision to withdraw their contract offer to Downing, in order to free up funds for other recruitment purposes.
Following the close of the transfer window a month later however, things then seemed to be moving in a different direction, when reports suggested that with Blackburn having the finances left over to fund a new contract for Downing, the former England international was set to make his Ewood Park return.
But ultimately, such an agreement has yet to be announced, although for now Downing still remains without a club, is said to be keen to link back up with Rovers, meaning a new contract could still be possible in the future.
For now however, it seems as though the midfielder is focusing on other aspects of football, with Downing apparently using his time away from the club scene to focus on completing his coaching badges, before rushing into a deal with any one side.
That of course, is something that could give him an extra insight into the game, thus making him a bigger asset to Rovers than he already was, if he does eventually return to the club.