Doncaster Rovers: Dickov in limbo over contracts and signings

James Coppinger
James Coppinger

Rovers are unable to offer any contracts to players until the takeover of the club is fully completed, the Star understands.

Boss Paul Dickov is currently locked in limbo in regards to his plans for next season due to the transition period between two sets of club owners.

This is set to be fully resolved on July 18 when stakes including those of major shareholders Terry Bramall and Dick Watson are passed over to John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson.

It is understood the outgoing major shareholders are not willing to commit to contracts they may find themselves forced to honour if the takeover was to fall through at the last moment.

And owners-in-waiting Ryan and Tomlinson are not yet in the positions of power to be able to sanction deals.

Dickov’s hands are not completely tied by the situation as he has been able to talk to players regarding the possibility of joining Rovers as well as negotiate with those out-of-contract – including James Coppinger – who he would like to remain with the club.

But tying down potential targets is off the cards for the next ten days, meaning Dickov will not be able to complete any new signings until after the club returns from its training camp in Portugal, which will include a friendly against Huddersfield Town.

Dickov found himself in a similar situation 12 months ago when the club was undergoing takeover talks with Sequentia Capital. However, this year he has the consolation of knowing what the contract situation will be following July 18.

Reports yesterday suggested Rovers were on the verge of signing former Derby midfielder James Bailey who has been training with the club since last week.

While Bailey seems likely to join the club, any agreement he has made with Dickov will only be taken on good faith until July 18 at the earliest.

Steve Davis – boss of Bailey’s former club Crewe – understands the 25-year-old will join Rovers after he offered him the chance to rejoin Alex.