Doncaster Rovers: Character over experience in Dickov’s keeper checklist

Jed Steer
Jed Steer

Paul Dickov insists he is not concerned by the age or experience of his keepers because he is confident he has found the right characters.

Jed Steer and Marko Marosi are 21 and 20 respectively. Steer had 20 senior appearances under his belt before arriving at Rovers on loan from Aston Villa while Marosi had none.

Though experienced may not be the right word to describe them, Dickov says plenty of homework has been done on the pair to make sure Rovers spent the little cash they had in the right way.

“It’s the right character and the ones that are available as well,” Dickov told the Star.

“As a staff we’re always out looking for players, flagging ones up for the future and then watching them regularly,

“We don’t sign anyone on a whim. We make sure we know a lot about them.

“Jed is definitely one of those. Along with Sam Johnstone who we had last year, he is up there with the best we’ve seen.

“We’d seen Marko play a few times last season at Wigan and flagged him up after that.”

Steer has impressed in his two games so far for Rovers, particularly on Tuesday night when called into action on a number of occasions in the win over York.

And Dickov says he is not surprised to see the Villa loanee shining.

He said: “Jed has been outstanding so far. He was really composed without a great deal to do on Saturday and did really well at York with his shot-stopping.

“I know a few eyebrows were raised about his lack of games but that was something that didn’t worry us.

“You don’t go to Aston Villa and work with the likes of Brad Guzan and Shay Given and not have anything about you.”

Marosi seems likely to take a back seat in relation to first team action during Steer’s initial three month stay at the Keepmoat.

But the Slovakian is expected to develop into a key player for the future by his new poss.

“Marko is a young keeper with a lot of potential,” Dickov said.

“He’s got a different background with the way he came into the game. Initially he came over to continue his education and got spotted by Wigan playing for his college team.

“He’s already an U21 international and he’s come a long way in a really short space of time.

“We believe that he’s going to improve working with Paul Gerrard.

“What he’s got right now is potential. He has to realise he needs to work hard under Paul and start pushing because in the future he’s got a chance of being a good goalkeeper.”

n Former Rovers striker Billy Sharp yesterday joined Leeds United on a two year deal. Leeds snapped up the 28-year-old for an undisclosed fee, reportedly after having paid up the final year of Sharp’s contract at St Mary’s.