Doncaster Rovers: ‘This is my first chance to build my own team’ - Dickov

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This summer will be Paul Dickov’s first opportunity in his managerial career to ‘build his own team’, the Scot says.

Dickov had hoped to prioritise quality over quantity this summer.

However, with Mark Duffy, Chris Brown and David Cotterill opting to pursue their careers away from the Keepmoat, the need to address the depth of the squad is becoming more pressing by the day.

Dickov is not fazed by the task in hand and insists he has spoken to several targets more accustomed to plying their trade at a higher level than League One.

And the former Oldham manager says this summer marks a first in his managerial career - the chance to really put his own stamp on the squad.

Dickov said: “The lads worked their socks off last year but [the club’s takeover] allows me to build my own team now,

“It’s probably the first time in four years of my management career I can afford to do that. I’m excited about that, and so are John [Ryan] and Louis [Tomlinson].

“We’ve had a lot of chats about where we want to go,” he added.

“We’re hopeful we can start giving contracts out fairly soon.”

Harry Forrester, meanwhile, took to Twitter to pledge his immediate future to Rovers. “I don’t know who is saying I’m leaving! I’m not” he tweeted.