Kean eyes permanent Jones move

The 29-year-old made the temporary switch from the German club in

January after a fall-out with then Schalke coach Felix Magath. He

has made a favourable impression in his 15 appearances for Rovers

and was part of the side which won 3-2 at Wolves to secure Barclays

Premier League status for another season. Kean is pleased with his

side’s conclusion to the campaign – they are unbeaten in four

matches – but knows he has to bring in new blood. He said: “It’s

massive to stay up because the financial implications of dropping

down a division are horrific. “I had a positive meeting with the

(Blackburn) owners. “They’ve got significant investment, they want

to take the club forward, we’ve got a good solid group of players.

“But we need to strengthen in certain areas, not to replace anyone,

but to help. “We’ve had a lack of goals so we’d like to address

that at the top end of the pitch. “If we can keep guys like

Jermaine Jones, who we’ve got on loan, it will be good for the

squad.” Kean is delighted with the way his team have gelled

together and shown great spirit in the battle to survive. He said:

“I sensed a few weeks ago that we would be okay. “You don’t go up

against the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City and

perform like that if there is any type of trouble in the camp.

“It’s been a bumpy ride the last six months but, in the last nine

games, we’ve managed to get seven positive results. “We are

unbeaten in the last four, we’ve played against a lot of good

teams, not got the points we deserved and showed lots of good

performances. “The group has come together, I’m delighted the way

it has gelled. “We’ve become a better team, a better club, and I’m

delighted for the owners.”