Doncaster Rovers: Dickov confident of Wellens stay

Richie Wellens is a top player says Rovers manager Paul Dickov
Richie Wellens is a top player says Rovers manager Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov is confident Richie Wellens will be a Rovers player for the longer term rather than the short.

The midfielder made his return to the Keepmoat last week when he penned a short term contract.

Wellens has impressed in both games so far this term.

Although Dickov would not be drawn on the actual length of the 33-year-old’s short contract, he believes Wellens will not be leaving Doncaster any time soon.

“I wouldn’t be playing him if I didn’t think there was a chance of keeping him,” Dickov said.

“I’m confident that we will.

“Richie is a top player.

“We’re very lucky to have him because there were a lot of other clubs who wanted Richie in their team.”

It appeared Rovers’ hopes of snapping up Wellens had faded when takeover talks at the club reached an impasse last week.

But he opted to pen a contract with Rovers to begin the season with a club.

It appears unlikely there will be any further news on takeover or investment talks at Rovers in the coming days.

The Star understands major shareholder Terry Bramall is away in the US for the next fortnight, meaning any negotiations between the board members are unlikely until his return.

Fellow major shareholder Dick Watson revealed Bramall is heavily involved in a second party interested in investing in Rovers.

Talks with the second party are said to be in the very early stages with only interest expressed at this stage.

Dickov says he has not concerns with the fitness of loan signing Reece Wabara who was withdrawn after 71 minutes in the win over Rochdale.

Dickov said: “He came off with cramp so he’ll be doing a lot of fitness work over the next ten days I can tell you that.

“I thought for 60 minutes he did really well and then he blew an absolute gasket.

“We were expecting that because Reece has had absolutely no game time in pre-season.

“I had no qualms with putting him in because he’s naturally a very fit lad.

“But it was in our heads that after 60 or 70 minutes we were going to change it even before the game.

“It was important he got involved with the group as quickly as possible.”