Doncaster Rovers: Wellens deal expected to be completed soon

Richie Wellens
Richie Wellens

Paul Dickov insists Richie Wellens stay will officially be finalised this weekend.

Despite attracting the attention of several Championship clubs, Dickov told reporters that 34-year-old Wellens has opted to remove the relegation release clause from his existing contract and pen a two-year deal.

The midfielder made a substitute appearance during Rovers’ 2-1 win over Watford in Tuesday night’s Capital Cup encounter having been left out of the Doncaster squad whilst his future was decided.

Funds freed up from defender Paul Quinn’s exit have admittedly helped in Rovers being able to offer Wellens a two-year deal along with Paul Keegan’s three-year contract which the Irishman signed yesterday.

“Richie will sign over the weekend,” the Scotsman said.

“I know people are panicking, wondering what is happening because it hasn’t been announced yet but everything has been agreed.

“It’s slightly different to Paul [Keegan] because Richie’s contracted anyway.

“Paul’s deal was up on August 31 so we’ve got him done and he’ll be in the squad tomorrow - both of them will be.”

Dickov went on: “[There were] a few different factors, [Quinn’s exit] being one of them.

“The other one was sitting them down and persuading them that this is the right place to be.

“The football we’ve been playing recently and the results we’ve picked up have helped, they both wanted to be part of it.

“Being in and around the club for the last three weeks, training Monday to Friday and not playing and watching Gillette Soccer Saturday has got to him [Wellens] a little bit and we’ve persuaded him that this is the right place to be.

“He had offers. Just ones he didn’t feel were right for him.

“All the conversations I’ve had with Richie, he’s always wanted to stay.

“But if he got the chance to go to the right Championship club, he would’ve took it - anybody would’ve done the same thing.

“I respect that, I respect Richie as a person and as a player and I’m just glad he’s going to sign up for another couple of years.”