Doncaster Rovers: Door remains open for out of contract Theo Robinson

Theo Robinson
Theo Robinson

Paul Dickov has not ruled out offering Theo Robinson a new deal despite shipping him out on loan to Scunthorpe United.

Robinson opened his Iron account less than a minute into his debut against Notts County and followed that up with another goal against Peterborough on Good Friday.

The 24-year-old, who has four goals to his name for Doncaster this season, had gone 15 games without scoring prior to his departure.

Robinson’s contract is due to expire in June but Dickov says his loan exit does not necessarily mean his time at Rovers is over.

“You can never say never,” said Dickov.

“The loan is only for 28 days so he’ll back here for the last two games of the season.

“He wouldn’t have been able to play against Scunthorpe in the last game anyway.

“If he goes there and scores goals, and comes back with a hunger, we know what Theo is capable of.

“It’s a case of wait and see, like it is with a lot of the out of contract players at the moment.

“Until we know exactly where we are going to be next year [in what division] it’s really difficult to talk about contracts going into next year.”

Dickov revealed Robinson’s move to Glanford Park was driven by the player himself.

“Theo wanted to play games,” said Dickov.

“The form of Curtis [Main], Nathan [Tyson] and Jonson [Clarke-Harris], who scored at Coventry the other week, had pushed Theo down the pecking order a little bit.

“Those strikers have been scoring goals. Theo hadn’t, and he wanted to go out and play football.

“I couldn’t guarantee that was going to happen here so we wanted to help him out a little bit.

“The other thing is I want to try and push young Liam Mandeville and Jack McKay and give them a little taste of it, even if that’s just being round the first team squad a bit more, with a view to next season.

“I’m happy with my options,” he added.

“We’ve got Harry [Forrester], Kyle [Bennett] and Copps who can all play off the front if we want to change it round or go 4-1-4-1 which has been good for us.

“If I wasn’t happy or comfortable with it, I wouldn’t have done it.”

Youth team goalkeeper Jack McLaren and midfielder Alex Head won’t be offered new deals, Dickov has said.