Doncaster Rovers: Dickov aims to ship out youngsters on loan

Harry Middleton (left) is among those who could leave on loan, like Alex Peterson (right).
Harry Middleton (left) is among those who could leave on loan, like Alex Peterson (right).

Doncaster’s young first team fringe players are available on loan - but Paul Dickov insists that does not mean their Rovers careers are over.

Striker Alex Peterson joined Evo-Stik Division One outfit Scarborough Athletic until January earlier this month.

And he won’t be the only departure before the emergency loan window closes next Thursday, if Dickov gets his way.

Rovers are likely to listen to loan offers for development squad players Lewis Ferguson, Harry Middleton, Billy Whitehouse and Mitchell Lund.

However, the teenagers will only be allowed to join clubs willing to give them first-team football.

“We want the younger lads - those who aren’t necessarily pushing for the first team - to go out and get some games purely for their progression,” said Dickov.

“There’s nothing like training for a week and playing in a proper game at the end of it.

“We’re trying to get two or three more out.

“What that would do is have a knock-on effect. We’d be able to move a few youth team lads up to the development squad and maybe get some of our schoolboys into our youth team, so when they eventually step up it’s not a culture shock for them.

“First and foremost clubs have got to want to take them,” he added.

“It’s got to be a situation where they’re going to play. It’s pointless otherwise. We’re doing this to give the lads game time, we’re not doing it to try and get rid of them.”

Defender Ben Askins, meanwhile, is continuing his rehabilitation after undergoing ankle surgery last month.