Rovers analysis: Which out of contract players will stay and go this summer?

Rob Jones
Rob Jones

With Rovers poised to set the 2015/16 playing budget at a meeting next week, the futures of several out of contract players will be decided sooner rather than later.

So who is likely to stay and who is likely to go?

Paul Dickov has already dropped something of a hint about the goalkeeping situation, stating his intention to ‘add another senior goalkeeper’.

That would suggest Stephen Bywater is in line for a new deal. He would definitely benefit from more intense competition.

Reece Wabara was noncommittal when he was asked last week if he wanted to stay at Doncaster.

Having apparently ignored approaches from several Championship clubs to sign a short term deal with Rovers in December, the former Manchester City full back may be one who doesn’t fancy another season in League One.

Enda Stevens, who is expected to be released by parent club Aston Villa this summer, has made the left back spot his own since joining on loan.

It would be a big surprise if Rovers did not attempt to snap him up on a free transfer.

Unquestionably, the future of Rob Jones is the most fascinating contract situation. Jones’ huge influence in 2012/13 and his good work in charge of the Under 21s make him, in the opinion of many, Dickov’s most likely successor, whenever that need may arise.

Should Dickov feel in any way threatened, Jones might be looking for a new club fairly soon. However, given the 35-year-old’s standing inside Rovers, the smart money would be on the status quo being maintained for another season.

After struggling to hold down a regular first team spot, Jamie McCombe is likely to consider his options. Whether he gets an offer from Doncaster must be somewhat doubtful.

South Africa captain Dean Furman is the one Rovers are most at risk of losing against their will. The Afcon stage is bound to have alerted several clubs and Dickov is likely to want to move quickly to tie down the 26-year-old.

Abdul Razak unquestionably has talent but he was not what was required in Rovers’ engine room. He is a luxury player. It would be a big shock if he wasn’t among the first to be shown the door.

Kyle Bennett wants to stay and his improved attitude and application is that of a player who fully merits a new deal.

Bennett’s Doncaster days looked numbered this time last year after being farmed out on loan. Could Theo Robinson follow suit? His decision to join Scunthorpe and put himself in the shop window, however, would suggest he already sees his future elsewhere.

The majority of Rovers’ younger players are also out of contract this summer. Mitchell Lund, Harry Middleton and Billy Whitehouse will almost certainly be kept on.