Doncaster Rovers transfer troll Lee Miller more optimistic after meeting Paul Dickov

Rovers fan Lee Miller (centre), pictured with Thorsten Stuckmann and Paul Dickov.
Rovers fan Lee Miller (centre), pictured with Thorsten Stuckmann and Paul Dickov.

Transfer troll Lee Miller says his face-to-face meeting with Paul Dickov has not just put his mind at rest but made him more optimistic about next season.

The 28-year-old Rovers fanatic met Dickov last week after the club invited him to announce goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann as their first signing of the summer.

Miller’s surprise involvement - which earned the club praise for their stance on fan engagement - came after Rovers officials caught wind of his constant pleas for transfer activity on Twitter.

The West Stand season ticket holder has since admitted the experience has altered his perceptions and predictions.

“Before last week I was thinking mid-table next season,” said Miller, who hails from Stainforth.

“But having had the chance to speak to Paul Dickov and hear what he had to say I do think we can push for the play-offs.

“I think the top two might be a bit out of reach for us though.

“It was great to meet Paul and have the opportunity to ask him what I wanted,” he added.

“He’s a much nicer person than what I thought.

“He didn’t mention any names to me but he said he wants to get good characters into the dressing room.

“I do think everyone will be happy with the signings that he makes.

“I was impressed with how positive he was and how he came across. That doesn’t always come across in interviews but it’s different when you meet someone face to face.”

Dickov’s plan to recruit eight new faces meets with approval from Miller but the project manager has laid down the law to the Scot in what he sees as his priorities this summer.

“Provided all the young lads that are out of contract sign up, I think eight new players is a good ball park figure,” he said.

“We definitely need someone to put the ball in the back of the net - a poacher-type. It was a shame we missed out on Tom Pope because he’s just the type of player I think we need.

“We need someone to pull the strings in midfield. Dean Furman did okay in there but he didn’t score enough goals.

“The left back position needs sorting too. I don’t think Cedric Evina has turned out to be the player that we thought we were getting. I wasn’t really a big fan of Enda Stevens either.

“And we need a bit more pace at centre back.

“I like Luke McCullough but sometimes I tend to think he’s not quite ready.”