Middleton form paved way for Wellens to go out on loan says Doncaster Rovers boss

Doncaster's Harry Middleton, right, was in fine form against  Coventry. Photo: ''Andrew Roe
Doncaster's Harry Middleton, right, was in fine form against Coventry. Photo: ''Andrew Roe

Darren Ferguson has refused to close the door on a return to Doncaster Rovers for Richie Wellens despite the midfielder getting his wish to move away from the club.

Wellens secured a loan switch to Oldham Athletic on Thursday, fulfilling a desire to relocate closer to his Lancashire home which he first expressed during the summer transfer window.

The 35-year-old – who came off the bench during Oldham’s defeat at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday – will remain at Boundary Park until January 2, when the transfer window will have re-opened.

But Rovers boss Ferguson insists that does not mean Wellens will not play for Rovers again.

“At the moment it is not beyond January and we’ll just have to see what happens,” Ferguson told The Star.

“The boy came to me and the travelling is killing him which I think he’s said before. It’s four hours a day.

“Oldham is a local team for him.

“It wasn’t a case of me desperately wanting Richie to go out but it made sense.

“He’d not been playing football and he’s at an age where he needs to be playing. I’ve got Paul Keegan back in training, he’ll train a full week.

“It was the right decision for everybody.”

Ferguson also revealed the form of Harry Middleton – who was superb during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Coventry City – convinced him he could afford to allow Wellens to leave.

He said: “Harry is pivotal for us really, so much so that I’ve let Richie go to Oldham.

“He’s now getting to understand the game a bit more tactically.

“We feel he’s been consistent in his performances. I thought as a 20-year-old he was very, very good.”