Doncaster Rovers: Status quo would be ‘attractive’

Rovers co-owner Dick Watson.
Rovers co-owner Dick Watson.

Maintaining the status quo would not be a bad option for the future of Rovers according to major shareholder Dick Watson.

Watson confirmed that talks with Irish consortium Sequentia Capital over a proposed takeover are ‘on the backburner’ while a second interested party has recently emerged.

But he believes Rovers would still be in excellent shape if the ownership was to remain unchanged.

Watson said: “It is up to us to weigh up the options that are in front of us. We have the status quo, the Irish deal and this late second approach.

“The status quo has got us to where we are today, entering a fifth out of six seasons in the Championship. It is a very attractive option.

“It’s a fantastic compliment to this club and the work that has been done at this club that people want to invest in it.

“We have had some interest and as things stand we are following up on that.”

Chief executive Gavin Baldwin added: “Staying as we are is a definite option.

“We’re a profitable club, one of the few profitable clubs.”

Rovers are resigned to losing left back Tommy Spurr to Championship rivals Blackburn.

Chairman John Ryan revealed Spurr had been offered a £2m contract with Blackburn, something Rovers simply could not compete with.

The former Sheffield Wednesday defender had a medical with the Ewood Park club yesterday and entered talks over a move.

Baldwin told the Star: “We offered Tommy a very good deal to stay at this club and it certainly turned his head.

“But once Blackburn entered the fold we could not compete with the multi-million pound offer they made him.

“He’s a great lad who we’re disappointed to see go but we wish him well.”

Ryan confirmed Rovers are in talks with three Premier League left backs and hope to complete a signing before the opening game with Blackpool.