Doncaster Rovers: Clarke in dark over Rovers future

Peter Clarke
Peter Clarke

Peter Clarke admits he does not know whether or not be will sign for Rovers.

The collapse of John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson’s takeover of the club has left Paul Dickov with a reduced playing budget for the coming season.

Free agent centre half Clarke was one of the players lined up by Dickov to be signed once the takeover went through.

While once sure he would be joining Rovers, 32-year-old Clarke is now awaiting clarification of his future.

“I don’t really know what the situation is right now and I’m awaiting phonecalls,” Clarke told the Star.

“I was all set to sign.

“I’d turned down other clubs and there was a deal in place.

“We were just waiting for the takeover to go through and it’d have been sorted.

“I was all set to join. I’d enjoyed my time training with them and it was great to get to know the lads in Portugal last week.

“But I don’t know what the future holds.

“It’s all up in the air and I just hope it gets sorted out soon.”

Richie Wellens yesterday admitted his Rovers future is in doubt due to the size of Dickov’s new budget.

He also said it is now doubtful whether deals will be agreed with out-of-contract players and trialists.

Wellens said: “I took an 80 per cent cut in wages following relegation.

“I couldn’t stay on those terms so I came to an agreement on a different contract and I thought I was going to stay.

“But unfortunately I don’t think the manager has got enough funds to get other players in to be able challenge at the top end of the table.

“I’m of the understanding that there’s no budget there for the [out of contract] lads and the lads on trial to come in.

“So it’s looking unlikely that myself and the other lads are going to stay.”