Doncaster Rovers: The rebuild starts here

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov will tomorrow have a greater idea of which players will be at his disposal at the start of his summer building project.

Contract clauses activated by relegation have ensured the usual business of a penning a retained list has been complicated for Dickov.

A dozen players remain under contract with Rovers following the end of the season. But the Free Press understands a good number of those 12 have ‘get outs’ in their deals which would open a door out of the club following relegation to League One.

Dickov has used up the maximum amount of time afforded by the Football Association to draw up his retained list.

The Rovers boss has had plenty of time to decide which of the 16 out of contract players he will hand new deals to.

But it has also given time to those still under contract to decide if they wish to exercise any get out clauses.

Dickov has already acted to release four of the young players who were handed one year deals last summer. Josh Meade, Chris Whincop, Evan Finnegan and Jordan Binns have all departed.

Fellow Rovers Academy graduates Alex Peterson, Liam Wakefield and Harry Middleton have all been offered new deals, the Free Press understands.

Following relegation, Dickov spoke of being pleased with the base of a dozen contracted players he would have to build upon as he crafts a squad to challenge for promotion back to the Championship. But how many of those players he will still have in August is under question.

It is understood many of those who signed new deals last summer had clauses inserted into their contracts as the club looked to ensure stable financial footing if relegation occurred.

It has been speculated that Paul Quinn is among that group and is considering his options before committing either way.

Rovers are set to announce the first of their pre-season friendlies next week.