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Rovers cancel out-of-favour Jansen's contract

Matt Jansen has expressed his disappointment at having to quit Blackburn and claimed without the support of Rovers fans, he would have probably packed in football altogether.

The striker is hoping to resurrect his career elsewhere in the north-west after being released from his Rovers contract today.

Jansen has been driven to the brink of depression by his extended exile from Mark Hughes' line-up and feared the possibility of psychological problems - which originally surfaced after his much publicised motorcycle accident nearly four years ago - could return on a permanent basis if he did not find a way of getting regular football.

It is rumoured Bolton, Wigan and Manchester City have already shown an interest in the 28-year-old, who is hopeful of concluding a deal before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.

But, he admits, in a perfect world, he would never have had to leave Ewood Park.

'I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Rovers and I am disappointed it has now ended,' he said.

'It is probably true to say that without the support of the club's fans, I might have decided to hang up my boots a long time ago.

'Yet I also have to think about my own future. I accept the main objective of the manager is to win games and earn points. I can't and don't expect him to compromise in that objective.

'I have been fit all season and consider my form in training has been good. I need and want to play first-team football and that is the only reason I have decided to leave.'