Doncaster Rovers: Dickov closes in on final piece of jigsaw

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Doncaster Rovers are close to adding their final significant signing with a week to go before the start of the season.

Paul Dickov is keen to add a versatile winger to his ranks and has identified his primary target for the position, one he hopes to secure before Saturday’s friendly with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Keepmoat.

The Free Press understands the target has plenty of experience across all three levels of the Football League, spent time in League One last season and played in the Championship as recently as the 2013/14 campaign.

Dickov is hunting for a player who can play out wide but also just behind a lone striker and is confident he has found his man.

Speculation linking Rovers with a move for Leeds United wide man Nicky Ajose is understood to be wide of the mark with the 23-year-old’s wage demands putting him out of reach.

The Rovers boss has admitted he is one or two players away from completing his summer of transfer business.

His interest in adding a right back to the squad has waned due to a combination of successful trialing of Luke McCullough in the position and the continued development of Mitchell Lund, who has been handed the number two shirt.

Any other incomings beyond the wing target are likely to provide cover at centre half or for the forwards, but Dickov has insisted this week he will not sign players for the sake of it and risk stunting the development of the club’s young players.

Dickov has been particularly impressed with Lund, Harry Middleton and Billy Whitehouse, who was among the scorers in Rovers Development Squad’s 4-0 win over Armthorpe Rovers on Monday night.

Middleton formed a promising partnership with Richie Wellens during last weekend’s friendly with Middlesbrough and his pre-season performance has left Dickov comfortable with his central midfield ranks.