Rovers desperate to keep Wellens

Last Updated: Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:31
Doncaster%20Rovers

Doncaster are prepared to break their wage structure to keep Richie Wellens at the club, according to chief executive Gavin Baldwin.

Former midfielder Wellens returned to Rovers in the summer following his release by Leicester but the short-term deal he signed expired after the league defeat at QPR on New Year's Day.

Manager Paul Dickov is confident the 33-year-old will sign a new contract, despite strong interest in the player from rival Championship clubs.

Baldwin released a statement via the club's official website on Monday afternoon to set the record straight about Doncaster's negotiations with the out-of-contract midfielder.

"Paul [Dickov] has expressed a desire to keep Richie and the owners have backed him," said Baldwin.

"After long discussions with the player over a period of time we've offered Richie a contract.

"It's fair to say that the length of the contract could be considered long term for a player of his age and beyond the usual length we offer to a player over 33. We're hopeful he will sign.

"Richie keeps saying he wants to stay and we've offered a deal beyond our usual parameters, based purely on his performances this season.

"Paul's regularly repeated his admiration of him, so ultimately everything we can do has been done."

QPR have been linked with a move for Wellens while Leeds are also rumoured to be interested.

Have you an opinion on this story? Put your money where your mouth is and claim a free £25 bet.

Related news

Dickov focused on Lions test

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:18

Derby win keeps Burnley waiting

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:45

Rovers monitoring duo

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:13

Hyam deserved red card - Dickov

Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:41

Wellens struggles in fitness fight

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:20

Decisions going against us - Dickov

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:33

Trotters rock Rovers

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:32

Rovers sweating on duo

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:28

Dickov bemoans Rovers failings

Sat, 05 Apr 2014 19:32

Johnstone extends Rovers stay

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:10