Doncaster Rovers: Dickov open to Lundstram return

Paul Dickov has left the door open for John Lundstram to return to Doncaster.
Paul Dickov has left the door open for John Lundstram to return to Doncaster.

Paul Dickov is open to the possibility of John Lundstram returning to Rovers.

The Scot ranks new Everton boss Roberto Martinez among his closest allies and will speak to the Spaniard about Lundstram’s availability - and other fringe players - during the build-up to the new campaign.

However, Dickov has admitted that he is unlikely to strike an early agreement for the teenage midfielder, which may force him to look elsewhere.

Lundstram is currently in Turkey preparing for England’s under 20 World Cup opener against Iraq on Sunday and could be away until mid-July if England reach the last four.

Brian Flynn is believed to have laid the foundations for the 19-year-old to return to Doncaster with David Moyes before his high profile switch to Manchester United.

The pair’s job swaps have put any potential deal on the backburner, although Dickov is well aware of the impact Lundstram made at the Keepmoat Stadium and would regard him as a useful squad player.

“I want to bring good players into the club and John did fantastically well here last season,” said Dickov.

“Yet again, circumstances will dictate what I can and can’t do.

“Roberto’s gone into Everton and he’s a manager I’ve got a really good relationship with.

“When the time comes we’ll be sitting down to have a conversation not just about John but a lot of players.

“The biggest thing with loan players, especially those with Premier League clubs, is they don’t want to let them out pre-season,” he added.

“They tend to wait until their own pre-season is out of the way before they do business.

“I would like to get players in for the majority of the pre-season.”