Doncaster Rovers: We have the power to keep players hungry says Dickov

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov believes he has the key to keeping his Rovers players hungry throughout the season.

New signings Nathan Tyson and Cedric Evina both have been handed one-year deals with the club retaining the option of extending it for a second year.

While Dickov admits it is likely both men will remain at the club for at least two years, he believes the option of cutting ties after 12 months will keep players motivated.

He said: “I think deals like this are the future for us because we want people that are hungry.

“We don’t want people who are here just to pick up their money. We want effort from the start.

“Theoretically the minimum they will be here is two years. If they’re here for two years it means they’re doing the business.

“We don’t want to be handing out two, three and four year contracts willy-nilly where you end up with players having a fag on for the first two years, not trying until they get to their final year.

“I’ve seen it before.

“This keeps the player hungry, it lets them know they have to perform and play to earn the right to play for the club which is exactly what we want.”

Following the collapse of John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson’s takeover of Rovers, the club’s owners stated they wished to end the cycle of annual squad rebuilds to secure a sustainable future, hinting at an end of short-term contracts for players.

Dickov suggests although new signings have been taken in on 12-month contracts, adding the option of a further year ensures power is with the club rather than the player.

He said: “You want to look to the future and do things right and build a base.

“But you want to keep players hungry as well. That is the reason behind these deals.”

Striker Curtis Main – who joined from Middlesbrough as part of James Husband’s transfer to the Riverside – was handed a three-year contract by Dickov.