Paul Dickov will today step up his hunt for two goalkeepers as he prepares for Rovers’ final friendly against Rotherham United at the Keepmoat tomorrow.
Rovers are without a single senior goalkeeper just eight days before the start of the new season following the departures of out-of-contract pair Ross Turnbull and Jon Maxted.
Dickov ideally wants to sign at least one keeper today to maximise the time the new number one has to integrate in his team.
And he has a clear picture of what he wants in a new shot-stopper. “Preferably we want someone with two hands, ten fingers and who can catch the ball,” Dickov joked.
“We’ve got a few irons in the fire at the minute but it’s difficult to business at the minute with what has gone on here in the last ten days or so.
“We’ve had targets and we’ve got targets. We’re hopeful we’ll have an older goalkeeper and a younger number two coming in, if not by Saturday, definitely by Yeovil.
“We want a goalkeeper who’s got experience in the division, who knows what playing first team football is all about but also has a good grounding as well.”
While a keeper is Dickov’s main priority he admits he is also looking to bring in a new right back. Paul Quinn’s Rovers’ future remains in doubt and neither he nor Richie Wellens are currently both out of Dickov’s plans.
Both have relegation release clauses which run until the end of August and have suffered significant wage reductions because of the drop into League One.
Dickov said: “I can’t spend a week planning on having either in my team because it could get to the morning of the game and they receive a phone call to go somewhere else.”
The Rovers boss is looking forward to tomorrow’s clash with the newly-promoted Millers. He said: “It will be a big test for us but the lads coped well against Sheffield Wednesday and that was possibly as strong a squad as Stuart Gray could put out.