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Burnley striker poised for summer exit

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Burnley striker Robbie Blake admits the chances of him still being at the club next season look 'bleak'.

Blake, who scored the winner in Burnley's famous 1-0 win over Manchester United in August, has started just four matches since Brian Laws' appointment as manager in January and his contract expires in the summer.

"I need to play games and where I'm at, I'm not playing games at the moment," Blake, 34, told Press Association Sport.

"It's deeply frustrating for me as a person, knowing that I want to play more games and feeling I'm good enough to play more games and be in the side.

"You ask any player and they will say they want to be in the side, and it has been sheer frustration for me. Based on that, it's probably looking bleak for me to be at the football club next season."

"The club has been talking with me, but it's not an easy decision to make. I love Burnley football club - the fans are great, the team spirit is fantastic and so is the club as a unit. It will purely be a footballing decision that I leave the football club."

The Clarets' fate was sealed on Sunday after a 4-0 home defeat to Liverpool, intensifying speculation that Laws' job could be under threat.

Asked if he viewed Laws as the right man to take Burnley forward, Blake said: "I don't see any reason why not. It was a difficult job for him when he came in - taking over after Owen Coyle, it's a hard act to follow.

"We haven't got the results that the manager needed and I'm pretty sure he will come back a bigger and better person for the relegation.

"If he is still at the football club (next season) that's great and he'll do a good enough job for us."

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