Doncaster Rovers: Dickov waits on new deals

Doncaster Rovers' Kyle Bennett.
Doncaster Rovers' Kyle Bennett.

There was an air of mystery surrounding Cantley Park today as Rovers returned for pre-season.

Fans have been kept on tenterhooks this month over Paul Dickov’s squad-building plans, in particular the outcome of talks with the nine players promised new deals at the end of last season.

Whether those players in question - including sought-after defender Tommy Spurr, Chris Brown and Kyle Bennett - report back this morning will provide the first major clue as to whether their futures do lie at Rovers.

Doncaster’s dealings this summer have been filed in the ‘top secret’ drawer, with official information at something of a premium.

Dickov has chosen to keep a very low profile with the press since his official unveiling.

That could be down to the sheer volume of work that the Scot still has to get through.

Dickov is well short of the 22-man squad he wants as a base, while the club’s pre-season schedule currently lacks any depth.

The eight players still under contract and due to report back today are Rob Jones, Jamie McCombe, James Husband, David Syers, David Cotterill, James Coppinger, Billy Paynter and James Harper.

Dickov hinted recently that he had agreed terms with one goalkeeper, either Neil Sullivan or Jon Maxted.

Doubt still surrounds the futures of Spurr, Brown, Bennett, Paul Quinn, Andy Griffin, Paul Keegan and Liam Wakefield.

But should they report for training today it will be the biggest indication yet they want to remain at Rovers.

Goalkeeping coach Paul Gerrard has left Oldham Athletic to be re-united with Paul Dickov, according to the Latics’ official website.

“I am disappointed to lose Paul as we got on well and I enjoyed working with him,” said Oldham boss Lee Johnson.

“There are no hard feelings and I wish Paul all the best at Doncaster which is a great club.”