Ben Whiteman signs new contract at Doncaster Rovers

Captain Ben Whiteman has committed his future to Doncaster Rovers by signing a new contract in the face of strong interest from other clubs.

By Liam Hoden
Thursday, 28th November 2019, 12:12 pm
Ben Whiteman
Ben Whiteman

The 23-year-old has signed a deal running until the summer of 2023.

Whiteman was the subject of a failed bid from Championship side Hull City – managed by ex-Rovers boss Grant McCann – in the summer.

And it is understood that the number of clubs expressing an interest in the midfielder has reached double figures over the last few months.

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But he remains keen to stick with Rovers, where he has made incredible personal progress since signing from Sheffield United almost two years ago.

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“I’m delighted to have signed improved terms,” he told the Free Press.

“In the summer that’s just passed there was a bit of interest in me.

“The club put forward a deal to myself and my agent and we were happy with that.

“It’s taken longer than we thought it would for various reasons but I’m happy it’s all done now.

“They’ve shown a lot of faith in me in terms of rejecting bids in the summer and then handing me the captain’s armband which is a massive privilege for myself.

“The new contract was discussed as soon as the window shut. It took a bit longer because we’ve had a lot of people coming in the building, the likes of Kwame Thomas and Rakish Bingham.

“I was always confident in getting it done.”

Whiteman has scored 15 goals in 115 appearances for Rovers since his arrival from the Blades – initially on loan – in the summer of 2017.