Doncaster Rovers: Dickov wants to sign two before Owls visit

Paul Keegan
Paul Keegan

Paul Dickov wants to sign two players before the weekend but may have to prepare himself for the departures of Richie Wellens, Paul Quinn and Paul Keegan.

The Rovers boss wants to fill the senior goalkeeper void in his squad before Sunday’s friendly with Sheffield Wednesday and is also looking to add a centre half and a striker.

However he is facing a continuing headache regarding the future of Wellens and Quinn, both of whom can still activate relegation release clauses.

And out-of-contract midfielder Keegan could yet join James Coppinger in departing the club for good.

Wellens admitted himself this week, he is unlikely to remain a Rovers player.

When asked if Rovers fans had seen Wellens in a Rovers shirt for the last time, Dickov said: “Probably at the minute, I have to say that.

“He’s [Richie] had to take a drop in his wages because of relegation.

“He has got a release clause that he can activate at any time up to August 31. As has Paul Quinn.

“Preparing for the season, it’s going to be very difficult now to involve Richie and Paul in the games we’ve got coming up.

“Richie was my captain last year and I’ve known him for a long time.

“But I’ve got to look to the future. He could play against Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham, be an integral part of the planning and get a phone call a few days before the first game at Yeovil then activate his clause to go somewhere else.

“I’m not saying Richie isn’t committed, because he is, but he has got that clause in there.

“When players have these clauses, I have to plan for the season without them.”

He went on: “Richie is a quality player, he’ll have a lot of interest.

“He’s already turned down Championship clubs and I’m sure there will be other ones trying to take him as well.”

On Keegan, Dickov said it would be difficult for Rovers to hang onto him and that the Irishman would need to secure his future.

Keegan was in training with Rovers yesterday and Dickov said he planned on discussing the 28-year-old’s future.

Dickov has also had to re-evaluate his trialist options following the takeover failure and was still hopeful of bringing in ‘one or two.’

The Scotsman’s main priority will be a goalkeeper following the departures of Ross Turnbull and Jon Maxted.

Dickov confirmed trialist ‘keeper Jamie Ashdown was no longer training with the club but ex-Manchester United shot-stopper Ben Williams would continue to do so.

He also refused to rule out moves for the other free agents in Nathan Tyson, Cedric Evina, Peter Clarke and Elliot Kebbie.