Doncaster Rovers: Dickov prepares list of targets

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov has been instructed to put together a squad to challenge for promotion next season, Rovers have revealed.

Dickov will tomorrow meet with the Rovers board armed with a list of transfer targets as discussions begin over his budget for next season.

The Rovers boss has spent the last fortnight putting together a wishlist after speaking to players he believes will aid Rovers’ push for promotion.

Rovers insist no wage budget figures have yet been set and the size pot will only be finalised following Friday’s meeting.

A spokesperson said Dickov’s only instruction was to put together a list of realistic targets he believes can book Rovers’ immediate return to the Championship.

The spokesperson said: “On Friday, Paul Dickov is presenting his target list of acquisitions to the board.

“The brief has been made clear, in that it has to be a promotion chasing team.

“On Friday, the board will discuss Paul’s targets and will work with Paul to set a budget that is capable of achieving the brief.

“As with last season, Paul will have the support from the board to achieve the targets that have been set for the team.”

The board are said to regard the 13 contracted players as the base from which Dickov will build.

This is despite a number of those players being understood to have clauses in their contract which will allow them to leave with little resistance following relegation.

Rovers have been linked with a move for Doncaster-born Walsall skipper Andy Butler who is out of contract at the Bescot Stadium this summer.