Doncaster Rovers: Dickov all set to boost his squad

Rovers hope to bring goalkeeper Marian Kello back to the club this week
Rovers hope to bring goalkeeper Marian Kello back to the club this week

Paul Dickov may not have the squad size he would have liked to have taken into the final week of pre-season but he is excited about the start of the new campaign.

Rovers would currently struggle to name a full matchday 18 of senior players but Dickov is confident the squad will be in better shape come the opening game against Blackpool on Saturday.

“We’ll be looking to bring a few players in this week,” he told the Star.

“But we’ve also got some good young kids and we’ve got a good 14 of 15 strong senior players.

“The one thing we’ve got to look out for is injuries and suspensions; we need to make sure we’re not left short.

“You’ve got to deal with what’s in front of you and get on with it.

“I love what I’m doing, I love working with this bunch of players and I can’t wait for the season to start.

“I’ve got lots of names and targets and I’m working incredibly hard to get quality players into this club.

“It’s hard because so many are out of contract. I was at a League managers’ meeting on Friday and everyone is in the same boat.

“But it means we can ensure we get the right players for the right amount of money.”

Paul Quinn became the latest out of contract player to secure his future with Rovers when he signed a new two year deal on Saturday.

And Dickov remains confident the remaining four will quickly follow.

He said: “I don’t foresee losing any of those lads, they’ll be sorted.

“They wouldn’t be training and playing games with us if that wasn’t the case.”

Goalkeeper Marian Kello is a player Dickov is hoping to bring back to Rovers this week.

The former Hearts keeper has returned home to Slovakia after spending a fortnight on trial with Rovers but it is likely to be merely a temporary visit.

Dickov said: “Marian came out to Portugal with us and did very well.

“He’s gone home but he’s one we’re looking to bring back at some point.”

Luke McCullough has joined up with the Northern Ireland U20 squad for two games in the Milk Cup this week.

The defender, who signed a two year deal with Rovers on Friday, will return to Doncaster on Thursday.