Doncaster Rovers: Wellens to stay after signing new deal

Richie Wellens is staying with Doncaster Rovers
Richie Wellens is staying with Doncaster Rovers

Richie Wellens has put an end to speculation by agreeing a new 18-month deal with Rovers.

The influential midfielder had been a free agent since New Year’s Day after the end of his short term deal at the Keepmoat.

Despite links with promotion-chasing Championship outfits such as Queens Park Rangers and Derby County, Wellens has opted to stay with Rovers.

Rovers chief executive Gavin Baldwin said: “The owners and manager have worked incredibly hard to ensure we manage to keep Richie at the club long term.

“This is great news for everyone involved and a clear signal of the owners’ intent for the future of Doncaster Rovers.”

Over the past month, Rovers boss Paul Dickov repeatedly asserted that Wellens was keen to sign a new deal.

Baldwin revealed earlier this week that Wellens had been offered ‘a deal beyond our usual parameters’ based on his performances for the club this season.

Baldwin added: “It’s fair to say that the length of the contract could be considered long term for a player of his age and beyond the usual length we offer to a player over 32.”

The 33-year-old has arguably been Rovers’ key man this season, displaying incredible composure in the heart of midfield.