Doncaster Rovers: All is Well’ and good for Richie

Richie Wellens
Richie Wellens

After a week of uncertainty there are plenty of people who will have breathed a huge sigh of relief when Richie Wellens committed his future to Rovers.

More delighted than anyone was the man himself, with the new 18-month deal affording him a degree of stability after a cloudy six months.

Since his return to Rovers, the influential midfielder could only be certain of up to four months of his future thanks to a succession of short term deals.

But now set up until next summer, Wellens can focus purely on football – and helping Rovers stay in the Championship.

“It gives me a little bit of stability and I know where I’m going to be for a certain period of time,” Wellens told the Star.

“It’s not easy when you’re on a week to week basis.

“You’re wondering what’s happening, you’re constantly getting asked about it.

“You’re worried about getting injured because you’ve got no guarantees past a certain point.

“I’m pleased to get it done and hopefully we can just stay in the league now.

“I’ve got 20-odd games to go and I’m just going to try and get the results.”

Once Wellens became a free agent on New Year’s Day, rumours circulated about several high-flying Championship clubs who were interested in snapping him up.

And the 32-year-old admits he did speak to another club before opting to stick with Rovers.

He said: “There was one other team I was thinking about and talking about and it came down to staying here or going there.

“Here is closer to home, the contract was longer and I’ve got affection for the club so I decided to stay here.”

Now his future is settled, Wellens is keen to ensure the same for Rovers.

Key to that in his opinion is ensuring the squad has the right mentality for every game and strives to perform against any opposition, not merely the division’s top sides.

“We’ve just got to make sure the mentality is the same for every single game and try to get some points on the board,” he said.

“It’s more difficult sometimes to get up for the games at say Bournemouth than it is QPR but we need it to be the same for every game.

“For the experienced lads it’s not that difficult because of the time you’ve been in the game.

“When you’re a young player coming through you have to realise you need to play well Saturday-Tuesday every week.

“When I was 18 or 19 I found it difficult to play well Saturday, then Tuesday and have to think to myself I’ve got to do it again next week.

“Every week in this division you’re playing against good teams.

“We’ve conceded bad goals and even in games where we’ve played well we’ve conceded at bad times.

“We just need to get back playing to where we were in the first ten or 12 games.

“Blackburn are a team who can beat anyone and who can get beat by anyone.

“We proved that earlier in the season and we need to be in the right frame of mind to prove it again.”