Date: 19th April 2010 at 1:26pm
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Robbie Blake is stalling on signing a new contract until he finds out what chance he has of playing first-team football according to Alan Nixon in the Mirror.

Blake is out of contract in the summer and it is understood he has been offered a new deal at Turf Moor but is waiting to see how things develop.

The Clarets look virtually certain of playing Championship football next season barring a miracle and achieving nine points from our remaining three games.

Nixon suggests Blake, now 34 does not want to commit until he can be assured of more regular first team football next season.

He also mischievously suggests that Blake is also waiting to see whether Brian Laws will still be the manager should we be relegated. This obviously plays on the rumoured speculation that Laws and Blake have not seen eye-to-eye recently following the Manchester City match at Turf Moor earlier this month when Blake was substituted at half-time with the Clarets already 5-0 down.

Blake has struggled to make the starting eleven this season, especially the second half and Laws seems to prefer him on the bench.

The truth is that probably Blake is now passed his best and at most he will be an impact sub next season should he sign a new contract.

The question is would any Championship club offer him a more regular place. He certainly seems to find it hard to play a full 90 minutes these days. One does wonder if the problem is more the manager than the playing side at the moment and only time will tell.

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