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Judge to Rejoin Blackburn
Thursday, 16th May 2013 16:48

Blackburn Rovers are reported to have agreed a deal to sign Town target Alan Judge when his Notts County contract expires at the end of June. The 24-year-old, who started his career at Ewood Park, was available on a free transfer having decided to leave Chris Kiwomya’s League One club at the end of the season.

On Saturday, TWTD reported that the Blues were facing opposition from Blackburn with Judge having worked under current caretaker-manager Gary Bowyer while with the Rovers academy. Bowyer is tipped to get the job permanently.

Derby and Charlton were also in the hunt for the Dubliner, who we revealed was back on the Blues' radar earlier in the month having previously been eyed last summer.

Rovers are also reported to have completed the signing of Millwall winger Chris Taylor, also on a Bosman free transfer.

Judge's apparent decision to rejoin Blackburn means that Blues boss Mick McCarthy, whose discussions regarding his summer plans with owner Marcus Evans are currently ongoing, will now have to look elsewhere for additions to his wide midfield options with Judge having been close to the top of his summer wish-list.

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TownOnTheUp added 16:51 - May 16
Damn.
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Jimmys_Law added 16:52 - May 16
Gutted...
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AbujaBlue added 16:52 - May 16
Seems like location is more important than the club potential for Judge.

Oh well, we move on. Harry Forrester next?
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TractorCam added 16:54 - May 16
Really annoyed, thought we had him in the bag!

Hope he enjoys the Blackburn decline
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Keaneish added 16:58 - May 16
Lets be honest, if you choose to join Blackburn given the mess its in, you're only going there for one thing!
Take Jordan rhodes out of that side and they would be in League One!

Disappointing Judge. Very disappointing...
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kizaitfc added 16:59 - May 16
Why would you choose a team that messed up as badly as Blackburn, when you could choose; Charlton, Derby or Ipswich, much more stable clubs all on the up compared to Blackburn on the decline

Money and/or familiarity with manager and staff can be only reason
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riley26 added 17:02 - May 16
Gonads.
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RetroBlue added 17:03 - May 16
Was this the player we had discussions with - yet didnt make a contract offer?
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TractorCam added 17:05 - May 16
Kizaitfc, familarity with manager? Blackburn have changed managers 4 times since he left
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meekreech added 17:06 - May 16
Shows a distinct lack of ambition , sense or judgement in his thinking as his mate will probably not be there much longer ( with the record they have of comings and goings ) so will feel lost . He must be driven solely by money so is no loss as we want commitment and pride in the shirt not more mercenaries !
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towntillidie283 added 17:06 - May 16
I feel sorry for him if thats the case as come the start of the 2014/15 season he will be back in league 1 two leagues under town with a messed up blackburn team as MM and TC will get us up this season coming and he will regret that decision but we move on.
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RetroBlue added 17:07 - May 16
..and who is the current manager of Notts County? Id say Judge would have had a very good report about ITFC to bases a decision on.
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hoppy added 17:08 - May 16
Read the second para above, TractorCam...

"with Judge having worked under current caretaker-manager Gary Bowyer while with the Rovers academy"
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riley26 added 17:09 - May 16
Poor Judgement, let's hope we get some of our other targets in quickly, agree that Blackburn is the last place I would have chosen out of the teams rumoured to be in for him.
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BillBlue added 17:10 - May 16
Cheer up people and trust Mick's scouts - there are more fish in the sea than ever came out of it. As Keanish inferred his action appears to show a lack of future ambition so perhaps we are better off without him.
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Stretchstar added 17:13 - May 16
Can't be right, Blackburn are in absolute turmoil, why would anyone want to go to a club that is rapidly going downhill, feel this may not be the end of this yet........hope not, good player!!!!
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itfc94 added 17:13 - May 16
Joining a club with no ambition and going no where, his loss not ours! coyb
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bluefeast added 17:13 - May 16
Hes to small , he will end up defending a lot more in the champ than div one and that is not his strength. I even doubt he was on our radar.
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Edmunds5 added 17:17 - May 16
I find it strange how when several clubs are interested in you that you choose the 'big historic name' instead of the team who are doing things the right way and progressing. You could say us, Derby and Charlton are all doing that and so for Judge to choose a club in as much disarray as Blackburn seems odd. Also, I would normally presume that if a club let you go and then wanted you back you may feel inclined to say no because the club have rejected you in the first place. They do have a decent squad and perhaps they will settle down next season and improve but it just seems some players decisions are based solely on the name and nothing else, and I would imagine a healthy salary played a big part in this decision. We move on.
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charsfield added 17:17 - May 16
clegg out
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irishtim added 17:21 - May 16
This deal not signed yet! Anything can happen.
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theresonlyonekeano added 17:35 - May 16
Dont understand why anyone, player or manager would want to go to Blackburn, apart from the money. Unstable club on a downward spiral, mad owners, manager changing every few matches. Whereas clubs like Derby, Charlton and ourselves are much more stable. Odd decision
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bluegc added 17:37 - May 16
Don't mind this as long as we definitely get Forrester.
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muhrensleftfoot added 17:42 - May 16
Not worth worrying about. We won't get everyone we're linked with. At least with MM in charge we stand a better chance & we don't officially know whether MM was really after him. If I was a player, the only reason I'd choose Blackburn over anyone would be for a shedload of money
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h32 added 17:57 - May 16
....... let's hope we don't have yet another close season of this type of negotiation - interest - talks - no offer - and then the player signs for someone else.

Although i hope not - it sounds all too familiar.
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