The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Isaac Wil­liam

BLACK­BURN’S long­est-serv­ing player Morten Gamst Ped­er­sen has been told he has no fu­ture at the club.

The Nor­we­gian in­ter­na­tional, 31, branded a ‘pen­sioner’ by Rovers’ global ad­viser Shebby Singh 12 months ago, has spent nine years at Ewood Park.

Last sea­son he made 33 ap­pear­ances, but with Black­burn look­ing to trim their wage bill the winger looks sur­plus to re­quire­ments.

“There is no big is­sue. Morten is a top, top pro­fes­sional who wants to play football,” said chief ex­ec­u­tive Derek Shaw.

“He has found him­self out of the team and we will do any­thing we can to as­sist a move.

“You don’t meet peo­ple as pro­fes­sional as Morten too of­ten and he is a man who wants to play football.”

Black­burn have also ter­mi­nated the con­tract of goal­keeper Seb Usai with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

The 23-year-old joined af­ter a suc­cess­ful trial in Oc­to­ber 2011 but has never made a first team ap­pear­ance.

Else­where, defender Todd Kane, the 19-year-old full­back who is on a sea­son-long loan from Chelsea, has been named in Eng­land’s U21 squad for their friendly against Scot­land on Tues­day.

OFF YOU GO: Ped­er­sen

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