DONCASTER ROVERS: Dumbuya set for talks on new deal

Pace to burn: Mustapha Dumbuya 'has potential'. picture: Steve Uttley
Pace to burn: Mustapha Dumbuya 'has potential'. picture: Steve Uttley

Rovers manager Dean Saunders is set to hold talks with Mustapha Dumbuya over extending the defender’s stay at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The 24-year-old, who came on as a late substitute in the 3-1 loss to Birmingham City last week, is out of contract in the summer.

Dumbuya, who can operate at right-back or on the right wing, was farmed out on loan to Crystal Palace in the New Year. He started three times for the Eagles before returning to Rovers in February.

Saunders told The Star: “I am going to speak to his agent. Muzzy [Mustapha] is a young lad and he’s got pace to burn.

“He is not as experienced as everyone thinks he is and he has got things to work on defensively in his game.

“I feel like I can work with him and improve him.”

Although Saunders is looking to retain the services of Dumbuya, the Rovers chief plans on delaying talks with his other out-of-contract players until next month.

“I am going to leave it all until the end of the season,” said the Welshman. “I’ll wait and see where we are and where the land lies.

“I have got to weigh the whole thing up and see what my budget is going to be next season. There are lots of things to consider. I will be having a meeting soon with the chairman looking at Plan A and Plan B.

“I have been here six months and it is difficult situation I have walked into. All my energy is going into getting the team right and getting us enough points to stay up.”

Saunders is convinced his players can win four out of the final six fixtures and stave off relegation. He is urging his out-of-contract players to deliver the goods and secure their long-term futures at the club.

“It is difficult because players are probably wondering what will happen to them next season,” said Saunders.

“They are getting a chance every day and every weekend to prove to me that they want to be here next season. They should make me want to give them a contract.

“You don’t find out about anybody in any walk of life until things go wrong or you are up against it. That’s when you find out who the characters are and who you want with you.”

Saunders has not ruled out handing a start to influential play-maker Brian Stock at the King Power Stadium. The Welsh international came through 45 minutes of a behind-closed-doors practice match with Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, having shaken off a virus.

He said: “Brian has not played for six weeks with his groin and a bad virus which knocked him sideways. He trained yesterday and got through it just.”