Contract talks set to start at Doncaster Rovers

James Hayter is out of contract this summer. Picture: Steve Uttley
James Hayter is out of contract this summer. Picture: Steve Uttley

MORE than half of Rovers’ current squad are set to discover whether they have a future at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Dean Saunders has told the board which out of contract players he would like to stay - and began talks with his players this week.

Full back Mustapha Dumbuya is thought to be in line for a new contract offer.

Midfielder Simon Gillett, a virtual ever-present under Saunders, has also stated he would like to stay and help Doncaster return to the Championship.

Saunders’ hands, however, are currently tied when it comes to offering new deals.

Rovers’ boss admitted last week that the wages of the players still under contract are “miles over” his playing budget for 2012/13.

Players still under contract for 2012/13: Gary Woods, Neil Sullivan, James O’Connor, Tommy Spurr, George Friend, Shelton Martis, James Husband, James Coppinger, Kyle Bennett, Brian Stock, Martin Woods, Chris Brown, Habib Beye (subject to release clause).

Players out of contract this summer: James Hayter, Mustapha Dumbuya, John Oster, Adam Lockwood, Sam Hird, Simon Gillett, Oscar Radford, Rachid Bouhenna, Giles Barnes, James Baxendale, Paul Keegan, James Chambers, El Hadji Diouf, Pascal Chimbonda, Habib Bamogo, Mamadou Bagayoko.

Loans expired: Fabien Robert, Damien Plessis.