Doncaster Rovers face A Spurr battle

Out-of-contract left back Tommy Spurr is a target for several of Rovers' Championship rivals.

Out-of-contract left back Tommy Spurr is a target for several of Rovers' Championship rivals.

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New Rovers boss Paul Dickov’s first task in the job could plunge him into a battle with Championship rivals over the signature of Tommy Spurr.

Dickov will today return from a course and check on the status of the nine out-of-contract players currently mulling over new deals at the Keepmoat.

But he will be aware of growing interest from elsewhere in reliable left back Spurr who is rumoured to be on the radar of five established second tier clubs.

Blackburn, Reading, Derby, Ipswich and Birmingham are all reportedly interested in the 25-year-old.

Reading are a club definitely on the lookout for a new left-sided full back after releasing experienced pair Ian Harte and Nicky Shorey this week.

And Ipswich are seemingly certain to sell Aaron Cresswell this summer.

While Spurr is known to have enjoyed his two-year spell at the Keepmoat, the lure of a genuine Premier League promotion challenge elsewhere would certainly be strong.

Spurr joined Rovers from Sheffield Wednesday in the summer of 2011.

Last season he played in all but one game for Rovers in all competitions and was one of the club’s top performers en route to winning the League One title.

Losing Spurr would be a major blow to Dickov’s plans and come very early in his Rovers’ tenure.

On his appointment, Dickov spoke about maintaining the strong foundations established at the club last season.

With Championship experience already under his belt, plus a good season behind him, it is clear that Spurr is part of those foundations on which the new boss seeks to build.

Rovers do have another left back on the book in James Husband to fall back on should Spurr not return.

Kyle Bennett, Chris Brown, Andy Griffin, Paul Keegan, Jon Maxted, Paul Quinn, Neil Sullivan and Liam Wakefield are the other eight players who have entered talks with Dickov over new deals.

Defender Paul McKay, midfielders Aron Gordon, Matthew Davies, Alex Head and strikers Jack McKay and Liam Mandeville have all been handed youth deals at Rovers.