Doncaster Rovers: Dickov won’t be made to wait by players

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov is determined to avoid being kept waiting by players this summer.

The Rovers boss has opened up about the frustration of the last two summers, with new deals or departures for several players not decided upon until the 11th hour.

Rovers last year went into the season with the futures of the likes of Paul Keegan and Richie Wellens still undecided.

And the previous summer saw full back Tommy Spurr join Blackburn Rovers just days before the season kicked-off.

Dickov wants to avoid such uncertainty this year as he plots a promotion push next season.

He has stated on numerous occasions his desire to have the majority of his squad finalised for when players return for pre-season training.

And he says that is why firm contracts were not offered to Dean Furman and Reece Wabara.

“We’re not prepared to do what has happened here for the last couple of summers,” Dickov said.

“We didn’t want to be offering contracts and then waiting, waiting and waiting to get answers back on players leading right up into pre-season.

“I got the feeling that Reece wanted to go and explore other avenues which is he quite within his right to do.

“I had a conversation with Dean a couple of days after the season finished which I did with all the players here.

“Being the nice kid he is he hinted that he didn’t want to tell me whether he wanted to leave or not

“I spoke to his advisor the day after and he said Dean wanted to try and find a club at a higher level.

“I wish both Dean and Reece them all the best because I’ve known them a long time and I’ve got a lot of time for them both.”

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