DONCASTER ROVERS: Door is open for Wolves to prey on stars

Prized asset: Rovers star David Cotterill.                Picture: Steve parkin
Prized asset: Rovers star David Cotterill. Picture: Steve parkin

ROVERS have not ruled out the possibility of their star players following Dean Saunders to Wolves, should their former boss come calling.

In the aftermath of Saunders’ shock defection to the Midlands giants, The Star has learned there are no contractual obligations preventing the Welshman raiding Rovers in the current transfer window.

However, chairman John Ryan and chief executive Gavin Baldwin both say they do not expect Saunders to test their resolve to hold onto any of their current players

Ryan also insists Wolves have made a “verbal commitment” to assist Doncaster in the future, which may see some Molineux fringe men move in the opposite direction.

Leading scorer David Cotterill, who Saunders worked hard to persuade to move to the Keepmoat Stadium in the summer, and promising winger Kyle Bennett, who is out of contract in the summer, might be considered as Rovers’ most valuable assets.

Rovers, however, say they won’t be “bullied” into selling any of their players.

Baldwin told The Star: “Dean’s behaved very honourably during this whole process and I don’t believe he will come in for our players.

“If he did come in with an offer for one of our players, we’d make a commercial decision.

“It may be to our advantage that he comes in with an offer for some players because we may be able to strengthen some positions with those monies.

“We’re not a club that needs to be bullied into selling a player any more. We don’t need to sell.

“We will make a decision on the monies offered and the player it’s been offered against.”

Ryan added: “Wolves have made a verbal commitment to help us all they can, which I think could be very handy in the future. You can’t reassure fans [about players not leaving] because you don’t know what the parameters are.

“My opinion is we have a very good team system here,” he added.

“Of course, we have got some quality players within that system.

“They all work well together as a team but maybe they won’t be so attractive to Premier League or top Championship clubs.”

Saunders’ initial focus, ahead of his first game in charge of Wolves at home to Blackburn tomorrow night, would appear to be trimming his massive 40-man squad.

But he has already hinted at bringing players in during January.

Saunders said: “We’ve got some great players and everybody has to pull in the right direction.

“I have an inclination that we are weak in certain areas. And we now need players with pride, who are determined to fight for the club.”