Doncaster Rovers: Richie Wellens departs for Oldham Athletic

Richie Wellens
Richie Wellens

Veteran Doncaster Rovers midfielder Richie Wellens has joined Oldham Athletic on loan until January.

Wellens has switched to Boundary Park until January 2 and will not be permitted to play against Rovers on December 28. He is also ineligible for the Latics' FA Cup clash with Sheffield United on December 5.

The 35-year-old had been looking to move to a club in the north west before the end of the summer transfer window in order to reduce the travelling time from his Lancashire base.

Wellens did speak to another club - believed to be Wigan Athletic - only for the deal to collapse at the 11th hour.

After the move fell through, he said: "I asked to speak to a club that is local. I’m 35 with three kids and I spend four hours travelling every day.

“I would say to every player at every single football club that you should live within 20 miles of your club. You shouldn’t have to be travelling.

“It’s difficult for me because my kids are over there.

“When I go out to train or play, I want to be the best that I can be physically and mentally.

“Driving doesn’t help and I shouldn’t be doing it.

“That’s why I spoke to the other club when the interest came and it was out of the blue really.”

He did secure a move in the 11th hour of the emergency loan move, switching to David Dunne's Oldham where he spent two years earlier in his career.

Wellens has made 195 appearances for Rovers over two spells.

He has made 16 appearances this season but has featured just once in the last five games for Rovers, coming in the FA Cup against non-league Stalybridge Celtic.

Wellens' departure was the only piece of business Rovers carried out on loan deadline day. Boss Darren Ferguson decided against a move in the loan market with a number of players set to return from injury over the next few weeks.

Ferguson also revealed a free agent he had been monitoring suffered an injury in an eight-a-side game with friends.