Doncaster Rovers: Dickov delight at Wellens and Keegan deals

Richie Wellens
Richie Wellens

Richie Wellens and Paul Keegan are expected to pen new contracts today - much to the delight of Paul Dickov.

Wellens is set to sign a new two-year deal following talks with Dickov earlier this week.

Paul Keegan

Paul Keegan

The 34-year-old activated a relegation release clause in his previous deal but now looks set to see out the remainder of his career at Doncaster.

Fellow midfielder Keegan, 30, will sign a three-year deal as a reward for his performances on the pitch and also attitude off it.

Dickov said of Wellens: “We had a long chat on Monday - he wants to take the release clause out and he wants to play with us which is great news.

“Richie wants to play football. He realises he’s got a good chance of doing that here as well.

“He’s a top kid.

“I know people might look at it and think ‘it’s a new contract, it’s more money, it’s this and that’, but it’s not.

“He’s shown a desire to stay and play.

“I’ve said all along, if players want to do that, I’ll play them.”

On Dubliner Keegan, Dickov said: “Paul Keegan deserves a lot of credit.

“He’s stuck by us and believed what I was telling him. He’s believed in what we’re trying to do here.

“Playing the way he’s played, with only a month’s contract and no real security at the end of it, is a real credit to Paul.

“He deserves his three years. He’s a top, top pro.”