Latest on Doncaster Rovers recruitment as boss makes trialist decisions

Doncaster Rovers are set to offer a contract to one of the trialists who has spent time with the club this summer, the Free Press understands.

By Liam Hoden
Wednesday, 4th August 2021, 7:11 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th August 2021, 7:27 am

Richie Wellens solidified his plans in a recruitment meeting on Tuesday and is awaiting the go ahead from the club’s hierarchy to proceed.

Whittling down the options for turning trials into permanent deals has been a tough task for Wellens but he has set his sights on one particularly player who will add versatility to his group.

The Rovers boss is hopeful of securing a loan for a goalkeeper in time for the start of the season this weekend and is making moves towards using his other two loan slots.

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Richie Wellens

It is understood Rovers still face competition for their goalkeeping target but are believed to be in the box seat for a deal to be completed.

Wellens is determined to make additions to his squad before Saturday’s opener against AFC Wimbledon with Rovers still short in several positions - particularly in attack after Fejiri Okenabirhie and Jordy Hiwula were both ruled out for several months.

Sheffield United striker Daniel Jebbison remains a target with the club awaiting news of the Blades’ intentions for the 18-year-old. Sunderland are strong contenders for Jebbison’s services also.

Bringing in a midfielder in the fifth and final loan slot is a priority for Wellens.

One Rovers player is close to securing a loan move away from the club, which will help free up funds for the new additions, but another is understood to have rejected the offer of a temporary switch.

One of the club’s younger players is also closing in on a loan move.

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