Doncaster Rovers: Young players to have chance to claim places ahead of further signings

Harry Middleton
Harry Middleton

Paul Dickov says he will not risk hampering the development of Rovers’ young players by making unnecessary signings this summer.

Dickov has been impressed with the manner in which many of the club’s young players have performed so far this pre-season.

And he is backing a couple of them to push for first team starts this term.

Dickov therefore is refusing to bring in new senior players that would push out the club’s young crop.

“I’ve got to be wary because I know we have some really talented youngsters here,” he said.

“We don’t want to sign players and bring players in for the sake of it and push all our young players out of the picture.

“I believe two or three of them could step up this year.

“If that means forfeiting a signing or two along the way to fit them in, then we’ll do that.”

Right back is one area where Dickov seems prepared to give youth a chance.

The Rovers boss is so far content to allow Luke McCullough and Mitchell Lund to battle for the starting slot.

And Harry Middleton’s pre-season performance has also delighted Dickov, ensuring he his happy to only add Richard Chaplow to his central midfield ranks.

Dickov confirmed young centre half Ben Askins has signed a new six month contract with the club.

However, the 19-year-old will not yet be considered for first team football after returning for pre-season training last month in poor condition.

Dickov said: “He didn’t come back in the best of shapes so until the point he gets in the right shape and the same as the rest of the players, he won’t be involved in the first team.”

Askins suffered an ankle injury last season which required surgery.

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