Doncaster Rovers are in a much better place this summer - Jamie McCombe

Jamie McCombe
Jamie McCombe

Jamie McCombe has backed Paul Dickov to make the most of his first uninterrupted pre-season in charge of Doncaster Rovers.

And he says the Scot is now in a much better place - and better informed - to build a squad capable of competing at the top end of League One.

Rovers made their first signing of the summer this week with the capture of giant German goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann.

McCombe, meanwhile, is looking for a new club after being released by Rovers last month.

But the experienced centre half, who helped Doncaster win the League One title in 2013, is optimistic that a summer free of any takeover politics will stand the club in good stead.

McCombe said: “From what they’ve put in place now it looks like the manager has got his budget and he can go out there and have a full summer selecting players.

“The couple of seasons before we had people coming in and training with us on the promise of deals and half of them did not stay and ended up signing for other clubs because the money wasn’t there.

“So it will give the manager a blank canvas to start from and give him the opportunity to build.

“He came in with us in the Championship and it is quite difficult to see what you need because it is a different style of football playing in the Championship compared to League One.

“So I think the manager will have learnt a lot from this season. Going forward he’ll be better informed for his recruitment in terms of he knows what the division is about.

“I know he obviously spent time at Oldham but that was a few years ago now. He’s had a look at the team and he knows where he needs to strengthen. He knows what he feels he can do and the style of play he wants to play at this level.

“It’ll give him a better understanding of everything and hopefully it’ll put them in good stead, because I’m a local lad and I’m all for the local teams doing well.”

McCombe hopes to replicate the success he had at Doncaster at his next club.

“Everyone who was involved in that day at Brentford will never forget it,” he said.

“And that’s what I want again. I want a fresh challenge.

“What I’ve found that is that when I go somewhere else I’ve always felt it gives me a kick up the backside. I think you sometimes need that in football, just to revitalise your ambitions.”