Doncaster Rovers: Dickov set to open talks with Wellens

Richie Wellens will be back in Rovers' red and white hoops today at least.
Richie Wellens will be back in Rovers' red and white hoops today at least.

Richie Wellens will play some part in Rovers’ friendly at Bradford today as boss Paul Dickov prepares to open talks with the midfielder.

Former Rovers ace Wellens has been training with the club since his release by Leicester earlier this week.

After initially labelling Wellens as out of the Rovers’ price range, Dickov now hopes the final stumbling block has been cleared in his bid to bring the 33-year-old back to the Keepmoat.

“Richie has been in training with us all week,” Dickov told the Star.

“He’s got his contract sorted out at Leicester now and he’s going to play some part in the game tomorrow.

“And next week hopefully we’ll be able to sit down with him and sort something sorted.”

Dickov also confirmed that enquiries have been made over loan deals for Billy Sharp and Shay Given.

He said: “We did make an enquiry to take Shay on loan a couple of weeks ago.

“And Billy is somebody who’s highly thought of at the club. A loan enquiry did go in a couple of weeks ago.”

It is believed that both deals will rest on the outcome of talks with an Irish consortium over a takeover of Rovers, something on which Dickov refused to be drawn.

A decision from Rovers’ major shareholders over whether to accept the proposal is expected in the next two to three days, according to Star sources.

Dickov will treat Rovers’ final friendly at Valley Parade today (3pm) in the manner he would a regular league game with the majority of players getting 90 minutes.

Another trialist who will be given game time today is centre half Bongani Khumalo who has permission from his club Tottenham to play.

The 26-year-old South Africa international has been with Spurs since 2011 but has yet to make a first team appearance.

Rovers’ recent signing Marc de val Fernandez will miss three months with knee ligament damage but will not require surgery.