Doncaster Rovers bolster backroom team with two new appointments

Harry Middleton has benefitted from the help of Rovers' new nutritionist, says Paul Dickov.
Harry Middleton has benefitted from the help of Rovers' new nutritionist, says Paul Dickov.

Appointing a sports psychologist and nutritionist is part of making Doncaster Rovers a more professional outfit according to boss Paul Dickov.

Rovers have made two key appointments this summer with the new advisors already having begun work with the squad.

And Dickov says he expects the work that has been done with the players will benefit the team as a whole in the coming season.

“I’ve wanted to make the whole set up a lot more professional,” Dickov told the Star.

“We’ve now employed a sports nutritionist, which I think is massive, who has worked with the likes of Harry Middleton since the end of last season and throughout the season.

He’s going to be working with the whole squad.

“We’ve appointed a sports psychologist as well. Some people believe it, some don’t but if it can improve you by one per cent and it goes right through the team then that’s going to make us better.

“And sometimes I think the manager can do with it as well.

“We want to be professional. I pride myself on it and I want the players and everyone at the club to pride themselves on how professional we are on and off the pitch.

“It might not work, but we’re trying it and I think it will be a huge benefit to the club.”

Dickov believes the work of the club’s new nutritionist has helped Middleton, who has noticeably bulked up physically over the last few months.

n Former Rovers midfielder Dean Furman – who turned down a new contract earlier this summer to find a club at a higher level – was a trialist on Saturday for Bury, who visit the Keepmoat on Saturday.