Doncaster Rovers: ‘Fully committed’ Wellens expected boos - Jones

Richie Wellens is a key man on and off the pitch, says Rob Jones. Picture: Andrew Roe/AHPIX
Richie Wellens is a key man on and off the pitch, says Rob Jones. Picture: Andrew Roe/AHPIX

Rob Jones has re-assured fans that Richie Wellens is ‘one hundred per cent committed’ to Doncaster Rovers.

Wellens was booed by a section of fans on his return as a second half substitute in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Oldham - his first appearance since a move away from the club broke down.

“I think Richie expected it [that sort of reaction],” said Jones.

“It’s one of those things where some of them are going to allow him to get on with it, and some of them are going to take a little bit of time to get over what the scenario was.

“But I can assure you that Richie Wellens is one hundred per cent committed to Doncaster Rovers.

“If I didn’t think that was the case, I wouldn’t have played him.

“He’s a key man for us, on and off the pitch. His experience is vital to us right now and also moving forward.

“We looked much more threatening with him on the pitch, although that’s taking nothing away from Oscar [Gobern] who I thought was terrific and just ran out of legs.

“He’s had to wait his turn,” he added.

“Like I said when I took over, he’s got to prove to me that he warrants the shirt and warrants a place in the team. Since I took over he’s been terrific. He’s been positive, he’s been influential to the younger players, he’s been everything I want him to be.

“He came on and changed the game. He was a potent threat. He’s got great ability with and without the ball, he slides people in and he sees things that other people don’t see.”

Andy Williams suffered a suspected broken nose against the Latics.

Mitchell Lund, who was not involved on Saturday, has a hip flexor injury and is being monitored daily.