Doncaster Rovers: Club must take care of youngsters, says Wellens

Alex Peterson (right) and Harry Middleton (left) have penned one-year deals at Rovers. Photo: Steve Uttley
Alex Peterson (right) and Harry Middleton (left) have penned one-year deals at Rovers. Photo: Steve Uttley

Richie Wellens has warned that Rovers will have to utilise their younger contingent wisely or risk their development.

During an interview where the 34-year-old spoke about his Rovers future following the club’s relegation, the talismanic midfielder was keen to stress how important it was to use youth in a positive way.

And by that, the former Manchester United trainee believes players have to be eased into League One this season.

“The club would have to put faith in the younger players coming through,” said the former Leicester City ace.

“That’s great from any club that they’re promoting the youngsters but at the same time we don’t want their confidence to go by putting too many in at the same time.

“It’s great to put two or three youngsters in and give them a taste of it and take them out and put them back in.

“Let them develop slowly.

“Obviously, the ones that are good enough - you put them in straight away.”

Rovers have this week signalled their intent of continuing to build for the future by signing Harry Middleton and Alex Peterson.