Survey: Richie Wellens is Rovers fans’ ‘MVP’

Richie Wellens (centre)
Richie Wellens (centre)

Richie Wellens is the player who Rovers fans would least like to see leave the club this summer, according to our Big Doncaster Rovers Survey.

The midfielder returned to training this week and has one year left to run on his current contract.

But he could still leave if he activates a relegation release clause - and that is the worst fear for almost one in three survey respondents.

Wellens polled 28% of the vote, just ahead of out of contract goalkeeper Ross Turnbull (22%) - another player whose future remains uncertain.

James Coppinger (16%), who is also still in talks over a new deal, came out third in the poll.

Next up was departed striker Chris Brown (13%), followed by James Husband (9%), Paul Keegan (5%), David Cotterill (4%) and Paul Quinn (3%).

Darren King, from Didcot, said: “Richie Wellens would be head and shoulders above anything else in League One in the middle of the park. We should be looking to build the side around him.”

Adam Binks said of Wellens: “Driving force of our midfield. Looks so strong going forward and is very creative.”

While Barry Raw added: “He [Wellens] is our pivotal player. When he plays we tick. Without him we can be rudderless.”

Adam Stubbings, meanwhile, is one of several fans hoping Coppinger’s contract situation is resolved soon: “He’s a club legend, part of the ethos and fabric of Doncaster Rovers and I honestly feel the best place for Copps is here.”