Reece James asked for 'a bit of respect' over Doncaster Rovers decision

Reece James has been urged to show Doncaster Rovers ‘a bit of respect’ by making the decision over his future as soon as possible.

Monday, 24th May 2021, 12:28 pm
Updated Monday, 24th May 2021, 12:29 pm

Rovers have offered the left back a new contract with his current deal set to expire at the end of next month.

James and his representatives have been exploring potential interest from Championship sides but new Rovers boss Richie Wellens wants to know soon whether the 27-year-old will be remaining with at the Keepmoat.

“I’ve tried my best to sell myself to him and detailed how we’re going to play,” he said.

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“I think he’s a footballer who will fit in very well to how we want to play. I’ve stressed that to him.

“The ball lies in his court now. We’ve just asked for a bit of respect in him making the decision as early as he can because if it doesn’t go the way we want it to and he decides to go elsewhere, we obviously need to make other plans.

“I’m very hopeful Reece will stay.”

As reported by the Free Press last week, James has assured Rovers that he does not intend to join another League One side and will only reject the new deal should strong Championship interest arise.

Wellens said talks with other out of contract players ‘are coming to a head.’

Rovers have opened talks with Jason Lokilo and Lirak Hasani over new deals while Wellens is set to decide how to proceed with the futures of Brad Halliday and Joe Wright.


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