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After the forward scored twice against Wolves, the Rovers coach is optimistic that the promise of more Premier League football next year would be enough for the coveted youngster

Blackburn boss Steve Kean is hopeful that Premier League survival will be enough to ensure that Junior Hoilett signs a new long-term contract with the club.

The attacker has been the subject of much transfer speculation linking him with moves to teams across Europe as Rovers have struggled for results throughout the campaign.

The club have been in talks with the Canadian forward for some time but are yet to agree a deal, and Kean believes that maintaining the club's Premier League status may be enough to sway his key player.

"We would love to do something about Junior," Kean said in The Lancashire Telegraph.

"We are hopeful. Once we get to the required points tally [to survive], hopefully we can go back to him and talk again but at the moment we are just letting him play his football and hopefully we can get him signed once we make sure we are in this division.

"He has been at the academy since 13, we have seen his development and we have a lot of young players. We feel as though that is a theme that should run through our club for years to come."

Blackburn can be backed at 2.40 with 188Bet to beat Sunderland in their next Premier League match on March 20.

Hoilett has been in impressive form of late, adding to his striking tally with both goals in his side's 2-0 win over Wolves on Saturday.

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