Doncaster Rovers: War of words over keeper exit

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Jon Maxted’s agent has hit back at claims made by Rovers boss Paul Dickov that the young goalkeeper chose a trial with Walsall over a new contract.

Dickov said that Maxted spoke to him about the trial last week - the day after Doncaster beat Bradford Park Avenue 2-0 in a pre-season friendly when the 21-year-old played the full 90 minutes.

Scotsman Dickov told The Star that a contract “was there for him” but claimed Maxted decided on the trial with League One Walsall instead.

He also labelled the ex-Rovers trainee ‘keeper as “naive”.

“He did ask me that if he went down and it didn’t work out, could he come back and I said no,” Dickov said following Rovers’ 2-0 pre-season friendly loss to Lincoln City on Saturday.

“I don’t think it’s worked out with Walsall either.

“Jonny’s a good kid, just a bit naive at times.

“We told him we wanted him to stay here and progress the way he has come on last year.

“He, or more so his agent, thought it would be a good idea to go down to Walsall but it’s not worked out so we’re looking at other options now.”

However, Maxted’s agent Will Arnett told The Star that a deal had not been offered and that they had had no contact with Dickov since Christmas.

He said: “He [Maxted] was in fact in receipt of a letter from the club at the end of the season stating that he would be made free for trial following the expiration of his contract.

“Despite numerous efforts to speak to the manager since December 2013 regarding Jon’s contract situation, the manager has not once been in contact with either myself or Jon to discuss the matter.

“Jon spent six years at Doncaster Rovers and would have certainly stayed on the right terms.

“As the club told him he was available for trial he visited Walsall for the day which he informed the club.

“When he asked the goalkeeping coach Paul Gerrard if he could return the following day to training at Doncaster Rovers, he was told not to bother.”

Tadcaster-born Maxted came up through the Centre of Excellence ranks at Rovers as a 15-year-old.

He later signed professional terms in 2012 - during a year in which he was part of the club’s Youth Alliance Cup winning team.

However, Maxted has endured limited first-team opportunities and was third in the pecking order behind Ross Turnbull and on-loan goalkeeper Sam Johnstone last season.

Maxted last week took to Twitter to thank Rovers fans but admitted he would not be returning to the club and was searching for first team football.