Doncaster Rovers: Meite open to longer stay

Abdoulaye Meite
Abdoulaye Meite

Abdoulaye Meite is open to idea of extending his stay at Doncaster beyond this season.

However, the Ivory Coast international has vowed to put his own future to one side to concentrate on keeping Rovers in the Championship.

The 33-year-old also wants to repay the faith shown in him by boss Paul Dickov, who plucked him from relative obscurity following his exit from Finnish side FC Honka in October.

“I’ve signed until the end of the season and it’s up to me do well for Doncaster,” said Meite.

“Afterwards we will see if I stay, and if the club is happy with me or not.

“That is the challenge for me, to impress the manager.

“He has shown faith in me and after I left Finland he showed that he wanted me. That’s always important to a player.”

Meite impressed at Honka but is eager to test himself at the highest level possible, and says the Championship is a step up in standard from Finland.

He is also convinced Rovers have enough to survive the drop.

“I had a good time in Finland but it is not the same as playing over here,” said the former Bolton and West Brom centre back.

“I’ve enjoyed my time in England in the past and this is a new experience for me now.

“There’s a big gap in the standard, compared with the Championship.

“The Championship is a strong league but we have a good enough squad to survive.

“There are some good players here but I think confidence has been a bit low over the last month or so.

“Hopefully I can bring some experience to the club and help them stay at this level.”