What happened to Adam Armstrong and the six others that left Blackburn Rovers last summer

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Blackburn Rover bid farewell to four first-team players this summer after confirming their retained list.

Joe Rothwell rejected a new contract whilst Bradley Johnson, Jacob Davenport and Harry Chapman will also leave at the end of their deals. Darragh Lenihan and Ryan Nyambe remain in talks over fresh terms.

There is still plenty to be decided at Ewood Park with a new manager set to come through the door whilst the future of Ben Brereton Diaz will need to be resolved. All in all, a busy summer awaits.

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Last summer, the Blackburn squad took on a transformative effect with several big names leaving the club. Lancs Live takes a look at how they have fared away from Ewood Park, 12 months on.

Adam Armstrong – Southampton

With one year left on his contract, Rovers were left with little option but to sanction a £ 20million move to the Premier League. Armstrong netted 28 goals the season before and had justified his shot at the top-flight.

However, things haven’t worked out as he might have hoped. The 25-year-old scored just twice in his maiden Premier League campaign, registering two assists in 23 appearances.

His minutes particularly dried up in the second half of the campaign. Armstrong completed 90 minutes only twice after the turn of the year.

Amari’i Bell – Luton Town

Bell has enjoyed a fairytale season at Luton Town after arriving on a free transfer. The left-back was a key player for Nathan Jones’ team as they reached the Championship play-offs.

Luton finished sixth but were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Huddersfield Town. Bell started both of those matches and made 43 Championship appearances in total.

The 28-year-old has rediscovered his best form after leaving Ewood Park, making it a move that suited all parties. He netted once and registered two assists this term.

Corry Evans – Sunderland

It was a sad farewell to Evans when he left last summer. After eight years at Ewood Park, he left at the end of his contract.

Evans found a home in the North East with Sunderland and captained them to victory at Wembley on Saturday. A 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers means Evans will return to his old stomping ground next season, ending the Black Cats’ four-year exile in League One.

Evans will get a warm reception after 200+ appearances in blue and white. 36 appearances for Alex Neil’s team perhaps suggests his injury woes are behind him.

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Lewis Holtby – Holstein Kiel

After leaving Blackburn Rovers, Holtby returned to his native country and joined Bundesliga.2 club, Holstein Kiel. The 31-year-old still has plenty to offer despite dropping to the second tier.

Holtby has made 23 appearances this term, scoring once and creating three goals. Holstein finished ninth in the second tier, bang in mid-table.

Holby signed a two-year deal with the club last summer and is likely to remain their next term too. “The 2. Bundesliga is insanely attractive,” he said upon signing. “There are an incredible number of teams from the north, so there will be a lot of derbies.

“And Holstein has caused a stir in recent years with their attractive, attacking style of play.”

Elliott Bennett – Shrewsbury Town

Bennett said an emotional goodbye to the Blackburn Rovers fans too after five and a half years. Whilst he perhaps could’ve extended his stay, his desire to play more regular football saw him join Shrewsbury Town.

Born in Telford and based in Shropshire, a move to Steve Cotterill’s side made perfect sense. The 33-year-old was a regular in League One last season, making 42 appearances.

Bennett has agreed a new contract for next season too and will remain at Montgomery Waters Meadow. He remains active on social media amongst the Rovers community.

Charlie Mulgrew – Dundee United

Whilst Mulgrew’s career at Rovers effectively came to an end the season before, he officially cut ties last summer. After loans at Wigan Athletic and Fleetwood Town in League One, he returned to Scotland to join Dundee United.

After scoring the goal that clinched Blackburn’s League One promotion, it was another fond farewell to a loyal servant. Even if his time at Ewood Park ended with a small whimper, Mulgrew still remains a popular figure.

This season, he has featured 31 times for Dundee, scoring twice. They finished fourth in the Scottish Premier League, only behind Celtic, Rangers and Hearts.

Stewart Downing – Retired

After leaving Blackburn Rovers at the end of his deal, Downing announced his retirement from professional football. The then 36-year-old drew the curtains on a glittering career in English football.

Downing has since worked in TV for Sky Sports, recently guesting as a pundit for Rovers’ 4-1 win at Preston North End. In an interview with TalkSPORT, Downing admitted that he did not feature as often as he wanted at Ewood Park which prompted his decision to retire.

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