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Judgement day awaits Judge

Alan Judge is waiting to discover whether his future lies at parent club Blackburn Rovers or loan employers Brentford.

The 25-year-old midfielder ended the 2013/14 campaign at Griffin Park, helping to see Brentford to promotion into the Sky Bet Championship.

Bees boss Mark Warburton has confirmed that will be looking to reach a permanent agreement for Judge, with it important to keep a successful side in one piece.

He will, however, have to tempt Blackburn into a sale if any deal is to be done, with Rovers boss Gary Bowyer prepared to offer a clean slate to man brought back to Ewood Park for a second spell in the summer of 2013.

Judge said in the Lancashire Evening Telegraph on where he will be playing next term: "I will probably find out in the next few days.

"Brentford told me they were keen but I haven't spoken to them since the end of the season so I don't know what conversations have taken place since then.

"I was speaking to Gary Bowyer throughout the season but he was focusing on things at Blackburn at the end of the season and I was focusing on Brentford, so I haven't spoken to him since then.

"Hopefully I will speak to him in the next few days and find out what's going to happen. It's good to know where you will be.

"If he says there's a chance for me to play regularly at Blackburn, then great. But there are a lot of good players at Blackburn so I don't know what will happen.

"At this stage of my career, I'm 25 now and I need to be playing regularly."

Judge will bear no grudge if he is deemed surplus to requirements at Blackburn, even if he was offered limited opportunities in which to prove his worth before losing his place in the side.

He added: "I started off the season in the team and then I lost my place, but these things happen, it's the manager's decision.

"Dunny came in and scored two goals, and it was hard for them to change it after that.

"When the chance to go to Brentford came up it seemed like the best option, even though I had the option to go to Championship clubs.

"People might have seen it as a step down to move to League 1, but it was a good opportunity and to win promotion was fantastic.

"It was quite easy to settle in there and it was the same when I came back to Blackburn at the start of the season, I was made to feel very welcome.

"Although I didn't play as regularly as I would have liked, if that is it at Blackburn - and I don't know yet - then I still came back to the club and played 10 games for the first team. That was something I really wanted to do when I was younger."