Doncaster Rovers: Several contracted players ‘set to leave’

Paul Dickov's rebuilding project is likely to be bigger than first expected, the Star understands
Paul Dickov's rebuilding project is likely to be bigger than first expected, the Star understands

Rovers are bracing themselves for the departure of several players, the Star understands.

Clauses were inserted into the contracts of a number of players which would allow them to leave the club with little or no resistance in the event of relegation.

And it is understood that some have already signalled their intent to exercise such clauses in order to begin their attempts to find better deals elsewhere and football at a higher level.

The club will release its retained list today but it is unclear whether those opting out of their deals will be included among the names departing the club.

The expected departures will come as a major blow for Paul Dickov who has previously said he was happy with the base the 12 contracted players would provide for next season.

That base is now expected to be significantly reduced.

Those players remaining under contract are: Harry Forrester, Rob Jones, Paul Quinn, James Husband, Luke McCullough, Dean Furman, Mark Duffy, Richie Wellens, Marc De Val, Chris Brown, Theo Robinson, Kyle Bennett.

Of the dozen, only the deals of Husband and Jones pre-date last summer when the clauses in question likely began to appear in player contracts.

As the Star revealed earlier this week, deals have already been offered to young trio Alex Peterson, Liam Wakefield and Harry Middleton.