Rovers play the waiting game

HAVE A LITTLE PATIENCE: Dean Saunders admits his hands are tied in the transfer market until players move on.
HAVE A LITTLE PATIENCE: Dean Saunders admits his hands are tied in the transfer market until players move on.

DEAN Saunders is patiently waiting for another club to start the domino effect which will allow him to make new signings at Rovers.

Saunders this week met with six players to discuss potential moves to the Keepmoat.

But he remains unable to offer any deals until he drastically cuts his wage bill - and that means moving players on.

He told the Free Press: “We’ve been working really hard to identify targets but our hands are tied at the minute.

“Our fate is going to be dictated by other clubs unfortunately but we’ll be in a position to act as soon as things start to happen.

“All it takes is one club to start the domino effect by coming in for one of our players and we’ll be up and running.

“I think things will start to happen in the next fortnight.

“We won’t be twiddling our thumbs until then though and we’ve already done a lot of the legwork.”

Saunders invited several targets for face to face meetings this week in an attempt to decide which will make suitable signings.

He said: “I like to look a player in the eye when I’m deciding if they’re right for the club.

“Just because they’ve been here doesn’t mean I necessarily want to sign them.

“A few of the lads I’ve met made a good impression and I’ll be looking to do some business with them.

“But I’ll not be following up some of the others.

“I need to sign the right kind of player who is up for the battle and who also gives us the things we were missing last season.

“We’ve been concentrating on looking at strikers because Chris Brown is the only one we’ve got on our books right now.”

Saunders admits he will have to be savvy as well as patient as he attempts to build a squad for next season.

He said: “I’ve got to be very careful about what deals I make, I can’t jump the gun.

“We’re in a very delicate position being way over budget with only 12 players under contract.

“I can’t afford to be giving deals out unless I know for sure I’m bringing in the right player in the right position.

“There’s no use bringing someone in if a player in that position does not end up leaving us.

“We’ve had a couple of enquiries about players but nothing really concrete.

“It’s a really delicate balance and it’s challenging but I’ve got plenty of irons in the fire.”

Saunders denied interest in fellow Welshmen Robert Earnshaw and Freddy Eastwood as well as Sheffield Wednesday midfielder David Prutton.

He also says he has received no enquiries from Leeds United regarding defensive duo Tommy Spurr and George Friend.

Rovers announced a retained list last week with all out-of-contract players being released and just 12 senior players remaining.

Saunders admits he would like to retain the services of some of the released players, but again is dictated by outgoings.

He said: “I’ve not actually released anyone, it’s just the circumstances.

“I know I need a squad of 20 or 21 players next season and I want some of those lads to be a part of it.

“I’ve had a word with a few of the lads and I’ve told them it’ll be a few weeks before I can offer them anything concrete.

“I’ve said the same to the lads I’d like to bring in.

“Hopefully we’ll be in a position to act before other clubs swoop in.”