Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has said that the club will “wait and see” if they look to offer free agent ‘keeper Ben Garratt a contract with the club.

Having departed League Two side Crewe Alexandra at the end of the summer, goalkeeper Ben Garratt has been on the lookout for a new club since. He spent time training with Bury before their expulsion from the Football League and recently, he has been training with Blackburn Rovers.

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As it stands, loanee Christian Walton and Jayson Leutwiler are the only senior ‘keepers on the books at Ewood Park, having allowed youngster Andrew Fisher to head out on loan. Now, Mowbray has been discussing the possibility of Garratt being offered a deal with the club, with it being said that it is unlikely that he will be offered a contract.

He said:

“It didn’t really come through me, I said okay to it because Fisher has gone out on loan and he had been at a club where it hadn’t worked out. 

“There’s no cost for us. We’re giving him training time and he’s helping us with goalkeeping numbers because you need goalkeepers in training. Whether it be for small-sided games, shooting practice, you need goalkeepers on your training ground. The opportunity came along and I said ‘no problem’.

“He wasn’t someone I’d identified, but he’s a good lad around the building, he’s got on well with everyone and Ben [Benson] thinks he’s okay. He’s not at the forefront of my mind that we’re going to offer him a big contract in the next week or two, at this moment he’s just training and staying fit and keeping his ear to the ground.

“Let’s wait and see.”

Over the course of his career, Garratt has played 246 senior games, all coming during his time at Crewe Alexandra. He made his debut for the club in 2013 and from their onwards, he went on to keep 54 clean sheets.


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