Doncaster Rovers: Building for the future

Paul Dickov revealed a deal has been agreed in principle with Jean-Yves Mvoto.
Paul Dickov revealed a deal has been agreed in principle with Jean-Yves Mvoto.

Most of the trialists who appeared for Rovers at Frickley are being sized up for the club’s new development squad according to Paul Dickov.

Six trialists were handed the opportunity to impress in the friendly clash on Tuesday night.

And Dickov revealed afterwards he is looking to craft a strong development squad from the beginning.

“There were a few young kids we were looking at for the development squad,” Dickov told the Star.

“Some trained last week with is, some of them just had a couple of days with us.

“I thought they did ok in the game.

“The majority of those we had were younger ones.

“We want to have this development squad next year. It’s important to us.

“It’s important we get good kids in and mix them in with the good kids we’ve got.”

Rovers did not confirm the identity of any of the six trialists who played at Frickley.

But the Star understands they included Rob Lainton, Sanchez Payne, Danny Philliskirk, Luke McCullough and Chris Gadi.

Goalkeeper Lainton has just left Bolton after progressing through their ranks from U15 level.

The 23-year-old has yet to make an appearance as a senior professional.

Winger Payne, 20, is currently with Leeds United.

Philliskirk recently departed Coventry at the end of a three month deal.

The 22-year-old midfielder started his career at Chelsea before an unsuccessful move to Sheffield United in 2011.

Northern Irish centre half McCullough was recently released by Manchester United.

The 19-year-old was loaned to Cheltenham in January but was recalled after just one substitute appearance.

French forward Gadi represented his country at U17 and U18 level.

The 21-year-old has just left Marseille having spent the last season on loan at Boulogne.

Dickov confirmed that assistant Brian Horton will be in charge of the development but he and his fellow coaches would have an input.

He said: “Brian will oversee it with contributions from me and Paul.

“At some point we might get another body in to coach the team but we’ve got plenty of people about right now.”

Dickov also confirmed deals have been agreed in principle with Dean Furman and Jean-Yves Mvoto, both of whom played under him at Oldham.

Furman has been in training with Rovers this week.

Dickov said: “The paperwork should be signed by the end of the week, if not early next week.”

Deals are expected to be signed with the out of contract players at the start of next week.

Paul Quinn returned to training at the start of this week.