Beye to depart from Doncaster

Goal! Habib Beye celebrates his goal against Portsmouth.

Goal! Habib Beye celebrates his goal against Portsmouth.

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HABIB Beye has had his contract cancelled at Doncaster Rovers by mutual consent.

The 34-year-old defender signed an 18-month deal at Rovers last February after being released by Aston Villa.

But the Senegalese international was unwilling to drop into League One and boss Dean Saunders has agreed to let the former Marseille and Newcastle star leave the Keepmoat Stadium.

Beye has spent the summer searching for a new club and would prefer to play in France where his family is based.

The experienced defender was thought to be among Rovers’ higher earners last season - so his exit could provide Saunders with more room to manoeuvre in the transfer market.

However, Saunders told the press on Thursday that at least two more players will have to leave in order to balance the books and enable him to bring new players in.

Beye’s departure increases the pressure on Saunders to bolster his defensive ranks.

Injury-prone Shelton Martis is expected to be out for a couple of weeks, leaving George Friend, James O’Connor, Tommy Spurr, James Husband and Liam Wakefield as the only recognised defenders available for selection.