July 22, 2014
Grimsby Town v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers play the next of their pre-season set of matches this evening when they make the short trip to Blundell Park to play Grimsby Town. The game kicks off at 7pm. Admission for the game will be £10 for adults and £5 for concessions - Grimsby are reporting that all stands will be open for the game.
The match will be the first for Rovers since the collapse of the proposed takeover of the club, and also the first since the squad returned from their training camp in Portugal.
Grimsby will have five new signings on display, while Rovers are set to feature numerous trialists as Paul Dickov reviews the situation after having to delay recruitment due to the Ryan/Tomlinson bid for the club.
July 22, 2014
Dickov to meet owners today
Boss Paul Dickov is due to meet CEO Gavin Baldwin and Terry Bramall today to find out the extent of the budget he has available to recruit new players for the coming season. All inward transfers were halted until the proposed takeover was completed, but now the situation is known, things need to progress quickly, as there is the danger that some of the players that have been turning out for Rovers as trialists will look elsewhere if there is further delay.
Gavin Baldwin told the Doncaster Star yesterday: "Obviously this is a position no-one expected to be in at this stage of the season. A meeting with Paul and the owners is due to take place on Tuesday 22 July and at that meeting budgets for the forthcoming season will be discussed and Paul will be given the go-ahead to sign players. The owners have been quick to state that they wish to support Paul in order to achieve a return to the Championship."
A number of players are expected to sign once Paul Dickov gets the green light, but it will be interesting to see if improved deals for James Coppinger and Richie Wellens are rubber stamped today.
July 22, 2014
Youth team come 5th on Gothia Cup
Doncaster Rovers bowed out of the Gothia Cup in Sweden on Friday after being held to a 1-1 draw against IF Elfsborg - they were defeated 6-5 on penalties, but could have wrapped the game up as Jack McKay missed an early penalty for Rovers.
That meant that Rovers played Serbian side Red Star Belgrade in their final game of the competition, with Rovers winning the game 1-0, thanks to a 50th minute by Ryan Dunlop. That meant that Rovers finished the competition in fifth place, with three wins, one draw and one defeat during their week in Sweden.
Youth boss Paul Wilson commented: “The lads have been a credit to the club both on and off the field. They have been fantastic all week. When you look at a club as big as Newcastle United who finished 11th, it shows how well the boys have done, we’re all proud of their efforts.”
July 22, 2014
Johnstone gets chance on United's US tour
New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is giving several young players at the club to prove themselves in Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States, which flew out for four games last Friday.
Among the five youngsters to make the 25 man squad is Sam Johnstone, who played for Doncaster Rovers on loan last season.
Van Gaal is planning to spend the next three or four games assessing the players in the Manchester United squad before deciding on any departures or new signings.
United play their first game against Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday before facing Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid in the "International Champions Cup", with the final being played in Miami on August 4th.
July 21, 2014
Dickov aims for promotion
Boss Paul Dickov knows that he is expected to deliver promotion to Doncaster Rovers this season, but the delay in signing new players due to the behind the scenes situation at the club is not helping.
Dickov told the Doncaster Free Press: "I’ve said all along the most pressure I have, is the pressure I put on myself to succeed. The club’s objective next season is to go straight back up. We’ll be in a group of about seven or eight teams who will have the same aim, and similar budgets."
"I want to succeed,” he added. I don’t ever want to have that feeling that I had at the end of last season at Leicester. The one thing we’ve got to have next season - as a staff, a club and especially as a group of players - is a winning mentality. We’ve spoken about it as a group already. We’ve spoken about having a winning mentality."
"As much as I wanted to win every game last season - because it’s in my nature - that was going to be impossible. Now, looking forward to this year, we want a group of players whose mentality is if they draw a game, then that’s not good enough. It’s going to happen, and we are going to lose games, but that mentality starts now. It starts in training, in pre-season games and we carry that all the way through the season. The group I’ve players I’ve got here are committed and they’re driven to going straight back up. Those are the type of players I want here.”
July 21, 2014
Woods signs for Orient
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Gary Woods has signed a two year contract with Leyton Orient. He was released at the end of his one year contract with Watford, where he was third-choice keeper and did not make a single first team appearance for the club.
Woods began his career with Manchester United, but was released by them in 2008 and subsequently joined Doncaster Rovers, although he had to settle for understudy duties to Neil Sullivan for much of his stay at the club.
Following Rovers' promotion back to the Championship in 2013, he moved on to Watford. He becomes the second goalkeeper to sign for Leyton Orient this summer - they have already signed Adam Legzdnis, who joined from Derby County.
July 21, 2014
Bramall gives Dickov promotion budget
Major shareholder Terry Bramall has confirmed that Doncaster Rovers will be aiming for promotion this season, despite the last minute failure of the John Ryan / Louis Tomlinson takeover of the club.
Along with Dick Watson, Bramall unexpectedly finds himself still at the helm at the club, but is approaching the situation with a "positive attitude" and will continue to back Paul Dickov with a playing budget to bounce straight back into the Championship.
In a statement issued by Bramall, he said: "We appreciate the difficult situation Paul has found himself in through no fault of his own. The delay in transfer activity has of course had short term impact on our season preparations but we are hopeful as a board we can support Paul with a playing budget that allows him to achieve all of our ambitions for a return to the Championship."
"Whilst we did not expect to be in this position, the opportunity that has presented itself is one that is welcomed with a positive attitude. We are looking forward to working with Paul Dickov, Gavin Baldwin and the rest of the senior management team and they of course will have our full support."
The priority now will be for Paul Dickov's transfer targets to be signed up - with less than three weeks until the start of the new season, Rovers are yet to make their first signing of the summer.
July 21, 2014
Kyle back and keen to impress
Rovers winger Kyle Bennett is back at the club after being stuck on the sidelines last season, which meant that he had to go out on loan to get some match action. He spent some of the season on loan at Bradford City, but is now back with the Rovers squad for the last year of his contract and is keen to make the most of his opportunity to impress Paul Dickov.
He told DROS last week: “I’ve been out on loan last season which was tough. I wanted to be back playing but that wasn’t the case but its good to be back with the lads and the gaffer who's given me a chance."
He was part of the Rovers squad that travelled out to the training camp in Portugal last week and commented: “It’s difficult, you’ve got the heat and considering the sessions we’ve done for pre season its hard and it hurts, so it’s tough but you’ve got to deal with it. It's been a hard few days out here, but we all need it going in to the new season."
July 20, 2014
Dickov - won't wait too long for Miller
Rovers boss Paul Dickov is keen to sign striker Ishmael Miller, but has warned the player that he will not wait much longer for an answer.
Dickov sees Miller as a replacement for the Chris Brown, who left to join Blackburn Rovers earlier in the summer, but knows that he is hoping to be signed up by a Championship club.
Dickov told the Doncaster Star: "Ishmael cleaned my boots when he was a 16-year-old at Manchester City. He is someone we’ve spoken about. Ishmael, at the minute, is looking to get Championship football. That’s as far as it’s gone. We’ll be patient to a point. We’re not going to wait on answers for players so they can try and find something better. With certain players we have put deadlines on it.”
July 20, 2014
Timlin injury blow for new season
Former Doncaster Rovers loan midfielder Michael Timlin has been hit by another injury blow after dislocating his elbow during a behind closed doors friendly for Southend United against Tottenham Hotspur last week
The 31 year old is being assessed before the club will know how long he will be out of action for. He scored three goals in 43 games for Southend last season, but missed the last 17 games of the 2012/13 season with a broken leg.
July 20, 2014
Khumalo has to wait
Bongani Khumalo, who played for Doncaster Rovers on loan from Tottenham Hotspur last season, will have to wait a little longer before he can make a return to action this season.
The South African international was injured while playing for his country against Brazil in March, and has returned to Spurs to go through a rehabilitation programme. He was reported to be ahead of schedule in his recovery, but the club are playing it cautiously, and are holding him back in the fear that he will suffer a setback if he returns too soon.
As a result, it will be another six weeks before he can resume full training.
His agent, Glyn Binkin, commented: "Bongani has about six weeks to go with his recovery and is in good spirits. The first priority is to get him back fit and healthy and that is what we are working towards."
July 20, 2014
Cotterill 'relief' at escaping from League One
Welsh international winger David Cotterill has been speaking to the Birmingham press about his hope for a successful season now that he has moved from Rovers to Birmingham City.
The lure of Championship level football seems to have done the trick, although Lee Clark's continued interest certainly helped Cotterill make up his mind as to where to go.
He told the Birmingham Mail: “The manager has been looking at me for a while. Last summer I got linked to the club but nothing materialised. There was talk even when he was at Huddersfield but it never happened then either. I’m just happy it’s now over the line and that I’ve joined a great club like Birmingham."
"I always wanted to stay in the Championship, definitely. I didn’t want to go back down to League One because when I originally went there (in 2012, from Barnsley) I had two or three Championship clubs interested in me but I decided to join Dean Saunders because he knew me well from the Welsh squad. I have to admit I wasn’t really enjoying football at that point so I went down to League One and started to enjoy it again. But, if I’m honest, I don’t really want to be back there, which is why I came here."
"Doncaster treated me well and the fans were great to me. I mean this when I say I hope they get promoted because the chairman and the manager were great people."
July 19, 2014
Statement by Terry Bramall
Following yesterday's news that the proposed takeover by John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson has failed, the following statement by major shareholder Terry Bramall was issued on DROS:
“It was with reluctance we agreed to the takeover simply because we have been pleased with the journey the club has made since our time as owners both on and off the field. However John and Louis both have a clear passion for the club and we did not want to stand in their way.
"Our primary motive throughout the negotiations has been to secure the future of Doncaster Rovers and to ensure the club is in a position to thrive both on and off the field whilst protecting the future of all staff. Hence why we agreed to write off our loans to the club as part of the proposed takeover agreement
“Whilst we did not expect to be in this position, the opportunity that has presented itself is one that is welcomed with a positive attitude. We are looking forward to working with Paul Dickov, Gavin Baldwin and the rest of the senior management team and they of course will have our full support.
“We appreciate the difficult situation Paul has found himself in through no fault of his own. The delay in transfer activity has of course had short term impact on our season preparations but we are hopeful as a board we can support Paul with a playing budget that allows him to achieve all of our ambitions for a return to the Championship.”
July 19, 2014
Transfer targets - Plan B into action!
All summer, Paul Dickov has said that he has two lists of potential targets, either under the existing ownership and budgets, or if the takeover by Ryan/Tomlinson went through.
Following yesterday's news that the takeover has failed to be completed, it looks like Paul will have to work on his "Plan B" list, which presumably is based on a more modest wages budget.
Exactly where it leaves the likes of James Coppinger and Richie Wellens will be interesting to find out. Both had negotiated new deals subject to the takeover going through - but does Paul Dickov have the wages budget to persuade them to stay?
Dickov had several targets lined up to sign, many of who went out with the squad to their training camp in Portugal, but he is likely to seek urgent talks with the club's owners before being able to move forward.
It is frustrating that he has been prevented in signing players due to the takeover bid, which means that Rovers have not actually signed anyone this summer, with only three weeks to go to the opening League fixture of the season.
Reports earlier in the summer had hinted that the playing budget would be cut to £2 million as a consequence of relegation, but that was denied by Rovers, saying that Dickov would be given an "appropriate budget" to gain promotion.
Rovers have eleven players under contract, including Paul Quinn, who has failed to show for training so far. As far as we understand, those players under contract have 'relegation release' clauses, and face 50% wage cuts this season if they stay.
July 19, 2014
Ryan "finished with football"?
Former Rovers chairman John Ryan said that he was "finished with football" following the collapse of his joint bid with Louis Tomlinson to buy the club this week.
Frustrated with what he says are Football League regulations which prevented the bid going through, his reaction was to hint that he would walk away from the game altogether.
Speaking on BBC Radio Sheffield, he said: “I think it’s a scandal. I’ve not got any criminal convictions. I’ve given 20 years service to the Football League and this is the way I’ve been repaid. I think they’ve tightened up the regulations since a certain situation at Leeds and I feel I’ve been made a scapegoat. I’m finished with football now. I’m sick of it.”
The full audio version of his interview, which lasts over ten minutes, can be found by clicking on the photo to the left.
July 19, 2014
Parks takes up new job at Norwich
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Tony Parks has bee appointed as a goalkeeping coach at Championship club Norwich City.
The 51 year old has been at Tottenham Hotspur for the last six years, but left the club this summer after the arrival of new boss Mauricio Pochottino.
His playing career began at Spurs in 1980 before moves to Oxford United (loan), Gillingham (loan), Brentford, QPR (loan), Fulham, West Ham United, Stoke City, Falkirk, Blackpool, Burnley, Doncaster Rovers (1997/98), Barrow, Scarborough and Halifax Town. He was manager at Halifax from 2000 to 2001.
He made six appearances for Rovers in the ill-fated 1997/98 relegation season.
July 19, 2014
Woods training with Hartlepool
Ex-Rovers midfielder Michael Woods has been training with Hartlepool United as he continues to look for a new club after leaving Harrogate Town this summer.
Woods has previously played for Chelsea, Yeovil Town and Rovers, and is hoping for a return to the Football League after having to rebuild his career following two serious leg injuries during his time with Chelsea.
July 19, 2014
Lincoln not signing Parkin
Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson is playing down the chances of former Rovers striker Jon Parkin signing for the club, with numerous reports 'jumping the gun' on the news.
Simpson has confirmed that the player is training with the club, but will not play in their game this afternoon against Chesterfield.
Simpson told the Lincolnshire Echo: “I think people have jumped the gun over Parkin. He was without a club and was training on his own. He approached other clubs about joining in with them, but they said no – we said yes."
"We are doing him a favour at the moment by allowing him to work with other players. As for him signing, well, a lot of water would have to go under the bridge before that would happen. I spoke to him about Chesterfield and asked him if he wanted to be involved, but he’s only had four days of training. He also wants to be careful as he does not want to get injured either.”
July 18, 2014
Disappointment all round as takeover falls
All interested parties are disappointed this morning after yesterday evening's news that the proposed takeover of Doncaster Rovers by John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson has failed. The exact details of what the problem was differs depending on who you listen to, but it appears that new stipulations by the Football League over the "fit and proper persons test" has claimed its first victim, with John Ryan claiming that the League have blocked their taking control of 85% of the shares in Rovers.
It seems there have been a number of meetings with League officials earlier this week, which seem to have come to a head yesterday when Ryan and Tomlinson decided to walk away after being told their offer did not meet new 'stringent' standards.
Ryan told the Yorkshire Post: “It is a disgrace. An absolute disgrace and a black day for football. We are the first people to suffer because of the new Football League rules over what, to them, constitutes a fit and proper person. They are trying to say we can’t fund it. But that is absolute nonsense."
He added: "I have had 20 years in the game and I would challenge anyone to look at my record and say, ‘He’s not been good for his club’. As for me, everything is over now. I am finished with football. Totally finished. The day when something like this happens is the day when it is time to walk away. As far as I am concerned, they (the Football League) can take a running jump."
Ryan and Tomlinson had come to an agreement with major shareholders Terry Bramall and Dick Watson to buy their part in the club, along with a number of smaller shareholders, but it means that Ryan will retain his 24% stake in the club.
The former Rovers chairman then said: "We are the first people to fall foul of this new approach by the Football League. The criteria is set so high now that I can’t imagine anyone will be able to pass the test. Certainly not in the lower leagues, at least. I asked the League if we had any chance of passing the test and they simply said ‘no’. I find that ridiculous. Basically, they (the League) are taking into account nothing but pure cash. But what about assets? I have assets, Louis certainly has assets. What we don’t have is £5m in cash sitting there, which is what the League seems to want. Who has that amount of cash? People have assets and that should be taken into account. How is anyone going to pass in the future? Maybe they should ask all the current owners to see if they can pass this new test. My guess is very few would be able to pass.”
The change in League rules seems to be a direct consequence of the Football League's failure to block Massimo Cellino's purchase of Leeds United, with the League's rejection of the deal overturned on legal appeal.
July 18, 2014
League statement
The Football League issued a statement regarding their rejection of the proposed takeover of Doncaster Rovers yesterday, which does appear to leave the door open for John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson to come back with a revised offer, although the pair now seem to have walked away from the deal.
A Football League spokesman said: "In any club takeover it is a requirement for the prospective purchaser to provide a business plan and to demonstrate that the funding is in place to deliver on that plan. This is part of the League’s ongoing efforts to ensure the financial sustainability of our clubs. In this case, this fundamental requirement has not yet been met. We are in close contact with the club and will continue our dialogue.”
July 18, 2014
Crowdfunder appeal fails to reach target
The closing deadline for the "Crowdfunder" scheme closed yesterday with the amount pledged standing well short of the £2 million target. The amount pledged stood at £757,796 from 514 backers, with £500,000 of that understood to have been pledged by Ryan and Tomlinson.
It was an ambitious target, which appeared to rely on support from fans of Louis Tomlinson and his One Direction group, but even with the incentives of various 'rewards', which varied depending on the amount pledged, does not seem to have generated enough interest.
Ryan and Tomlinson seem to have differing views on the significance of the Crowdfunder scheme failing. Ryan insists that there is no connection between the Crowdfunder appeal finishing short of target, while Tomlinson's statement seems to indicate that there is a connection.
July 18, 2014
Bramall and Watson remain in charge
Yesterday's news of the failure of John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson's attempts to buy Doncaster Rovers means that stewardship of the club remains in the hands of the existing shareholders, headed by Terry Bramall and Dick Watson, with John Ryan still having a 24% stake.
Speaking after the bid failed, John Ryan told the Doncaster Free Press: "It goes back to Terry now. I’ve spoken to Terry and I’ve wished him all the best. Doncaster Rovers needs him now. Our budget would’ve been a lot higher than the budget’s that going to be run to now, and we’ll probably lose some players. But hope springs eternal. I’m sure Terry will do his level best to get things sorted and I wish him all the best.”
July 18, 2014
Tomlinson's view on takeover failure
Prospective co-owner Louis Tomlinson has spoken out on Twitter over his disappointment over the collapse of the takeover of Doncaster Rovers yesterday.
An initial announcement of the failure of the takeover came via a statement on the Tomlinson Ryan Trust, but in an article in the Doncaster Free Press, they quote his comments on Twitter which said: "I’m absolutely gutted the Doncaster Rovers deal is not going ahead. I am desperate for the club to be given the recognition it deserves :(.
“I was explicitly told that the deal to buy the club was not dependent on the money raised by Crowdfunding . Unfortunately I was misled. My passion for Doncaster Rovers remains as strong as ever, and I hope that I can still be involved with the club moving forward! And to all the Doncaster Rovers fans , I will do all in my power to help the club succeed. I really do love the club !
July 18, 2014
Rovers statement
In typically economical style, Doncaster Rovers issued a very brief statement yesterday concerning the takeover.
An unnamed "spokesperson" is quoted as saying: "We have today received the statement on behalf of the Tomlinson Ryan Trust confirming the Crowdfunder project has failed to reach the terms of the funding arrangements."
"We are aware that the statement confirms that the proposed deal to takeover the club is now in doubt, we are awaiting formal confirmation that the takeover deal will not complete as expected on Friday 18 July."
July 18, 2014
Last day for big discounts on Colchester tickets
Supporters will have to move quickly if they are to benefit from a chance to buy tickets for the League One game at Colchester United at a discount of up to £7 per ticket.
Tickets must be bought before Monday, 21st July to benefit.
Prices are as follows:
Early Bird 14th-20th July - Adults £15 - Concessions £10.50 - 18-21 years £11.50 - 15-17 years £8.50 - 11-13 years £3.50 - 10 & under Free (up to 4 tickets per adult ticket) - additional under 11 tickets £1.00
Super Saver 21st July -3rd Aug - Adults £16.50 - Concessions £11.50 - 18-21 years £12.50 - 15-17 years £9.50 - 11-13 years £4.00 - 10 & under Free (up to 4 tickets per adult ticket) - additional under 11 tickets £1.00
Saver 4th-17th Aug - Adults £18 - Concessions £13- 18-21 years £14 - 15-17 years £10 - 11-13 years £4 - 10 & under Free (up to 4 tickets per adult ticket) - additional under 11 tickets £1.50
Advance 18th-22nd Aug - Adults £20 - Concessions £14 - 18-21 years £15 - 15-17 years £11 - 11-13 years £5- 10 & under Free (up to 4 tickets per adult ticket) - additional under 11 tickets £2.00
Match day 23rd Aug - Adults £22 - Concessions £16- 18-21 years £17 - 15-17 years £13 - 11-13 years £6 - 10 & under Free (up to 4 tickets per adult ticket) - additional under 11 tickets £2.00
Rovers have received an initial allocation of 484 tickets for the match, which is on Saturday, 23rd August. Tickets are now on general sale.
July 17, 2014
Gothia Cup update
Doncaster Rovers' under-18s squad made it two wins out of two games on Tuesday as they participate in the Gothia Cup in Malmo, Sweden, this week.
They won their opening game against Malmo 1-0, with Jack McKay's goal capping what Paul Wilson called an "excellent performance".
On Tuesday, Rovers faced Turkish club Besiktas and came out as 2-1 winners, with Jack McKay continuing his goal-scoring record by grabbing both goals, although Rovers had to come back from being 1-0 down at half time to taste victory - both goals coming from the penalty spot.
The two wins takes Rovers through to the quarter finals, and they are scheduled to face IF Elsborg today.
July 17, 2014
Maxted leaves after trial at Walsall
Goalkeeper Jon Maxted has left Doncaster Rovers after he decided to go on a trial to Walsall last week, it has been revealed.
Speaking in an article in the Doncaster Star, boss Paul Dickov has given his version of events, which differs somewhat from the story being put around by Maxted's agent.
Paul Dickov has said that a contract "was there for him", but Maxted still elected to go to try out for Walsall.
He said: “He did ask me that if he went down and it didn’t work out, could he come back and I said no. I don’t think it’s worked out with Walsall either. Jonny’s a good kid, just a bit naive at times. We told him we wanted him to stay here and progress the way he has come on last year. He, or more so his agent, thought it would be a good idea to go down to Walsall but it’s not worked out so we’re looking at other options now.”
However, Jon's agent, Will Arnett, gave a very different side to the story, saying: "He [Maxted] was in fact in receipt of a letter from the club at the end of the season stating that he would be made free for trial following the expiration of his contract. Despite numerous efforts to speak to the manager since December 2013 regarding Jon’s contract situation, the manager has not once been in contact with either myself or Jon to discuss the matter."
"Jon spent six years at Doncaster Rovers and would have certainly stayed on the right terms. As the club told him he was available for trial he visited Walsall for the day which he informed the club. When he asked the goalkeeping coach Paul Gerrard if he could return the following day to training at Doncaster Rovers, he was told not to bother."
Maxted came up through the Rovers' youth team, but had to settle for being third in the pecking order behind Sam Johnstone and Ross Turnbull last season.
July 17, 2014
York cup tickets now on sale
Tickets for Doncaster Rovers' away Capital One Cup game at York City are now on sale from the ticket office at the Keepmoat Stadium.
At the moment, only season ticket holders can buy tickets, but from Monday (21st July), multi-game ticket holders and Alliance members can also buy tickets.
Remaining tickets will go on general sale from Monday, 28th July.
Ticket prices for the game will be £15 for adults and £10 for concessions (senior citizens, students and unaccompanied juniors).
As part of the promotion by Capital One, adults can buy up to five children's tickets for just £1 each for all first round matches - but this only applies to tickets bought in advance and the child must be accompanied by an adult.
The game will be played at Bootham Crescent on Tuesday, 12th August with a 7:45pm kick-off.
July 17, 2014
Ben tries out for Bantams
Former Doncaster Rovers loan goalkeeper Ben Alnwick has been on trial at Bradford City, and has travelled to Ireland for their pre-season tour. He played for the first half of City's 3-0 win over Guiseley City on Saturday, with long-serving keeper Jon McLaughlin playing for the second half.
Boss Phil Parkinson told the Telegraph & Argus: "Jon’s come to Ireland with us. Ben also did well and we’ll probably have a discussion about that among the staff. The budget is very tight and I’ve got to get the best goalkeeper for the best price. Jon had an offer and he didn’t take that in the summer. We’ll sit down with him this week and have a chat. Jon’s fine about it. He’s a very good professional and he’s training hard. We’ve got to make sure that department’s strong. It would be foolish for us to sign some good attacking footballers and talented players, which I think we have, and neglect what is a very important position of any team – the goalkeeper.”
July 16, 2014
Huddersfield Town 3 Rovers 1
Doncaster Rovers played Huddersfield Town in the heat of Portugal yesterday as part of their pre-season training camp trip which lasts until Friday.
The game was played behind closed doors, with virtually no details of who played in the game mentioned.
Richie Wellens put Rovers ahead in the first half with a volley, but Huddersfield responded in the second half by scoring three goals - all by James Vaughan.
Rovers boss Paul Dickov commented to DROS after the game: “Physically and mentally the players have been tested and to get a positive response was the most pleasing aspect. I thought first half we had a more senior team out and that showed and with the likes of Copps, Wellens, Keegan and Clarke out there we looked strong and good."
"Yes we've lost a couple of goals at the end but we’ve ended up with a young team out there and it will be a fantastic experience for them. It’s difficult in the heat, Huddersfield have used 24 players and rotated them and maybe that told in the end."
July 16, 2014
Goals review
This may come as something of a shock, but Billy Sharp played half a game for Southampton on Tuesday evening as part of their pre-season game against Dutch side EHC Hoensbroek.
Southampton completely changed their side at half time in the game, with Sharp playing the whole second half, and scored their third goal from the penalty spot in their 4-0 victory.
In a game played at the weekend, ex-Rovers defender Gordon Greer scored for Brighton & Hove Albion in their 4-0 win against Partick Thistle. Another former Rovers player, Kazenga LuaLua, missed the game with what was described as a 'muscle issue'.
July 16, 2014
Sullivan steps up and Naylor out after reshuffle at Leeds
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Neil Sullivan appears to have stepped up to become Leeds United's first team goalkeeping coach following the departure of Andy Leaning. It is the latest of a series of backroom changes made following the recent takeover at Elland Road, and Sullivan has travelled with the first team squad for their pre-season tour of Italy. Sullivan had been working with the youth team.
Leaning was brought to the club by ex-Rover Neil Redfearn when he was caretaker boss following Simon Grayson's sacking, but was retained when Brian McDermott was appointed last year.
Another victim of the changes is former Rovers defender Richard Naylor, who has been made redundant. He has left the club with immediate effect.
Naylor had been in charge of the under-18s squad at Leeds since 2012, and they won their league title in his first season in charge and remained in charge of the squad last season.
Ex-Rover Neil Redfearn remains on the staff at Leeds.
July 16, 2014
Beardsley signs for Stevenage
Ex-Rovers striker Chris Beardsley has signed a one year contract with Stevenage Borough following his release by Preston North End this summer.
Beardsley, now aged 30, had spent the latter part of last season on loan at Bristol Rovers, and returns to Stevenage, where he spent three years between 2009 and 2012, during which time he played 117 games and scored 22 goals.
July 15, 2014
Rovers warn against money expectations
Rovers boss Paul Dickov may be planning to make a number of signings once the takeover of the club by Louis Tomlinson and John Ryan is completed at the end of this week, but he has already warned players, their agents and other clubs that they should not assume that there is suddenly a lot of money to spend.
He said: "This time of the year is notoriously difficult because you’ve got agents and players talking to about six different clubs and playing them off against each other. The one thing we won’t do will be held to ransom. All of a sudden with the takeover looming, people on the outside looking in, assume we have all of this money to spend."
Rovers are yet to make any signings, but a number of trialists have travelled with the squad to their training camp in Portugal, with some expected to sign once Paul Dickov receives the green light.
July 15, 2014
Turnbull still in Rovers' sights
The Doncaster Rovers squad may have flown to Portugal with two other goalkeepers, but boss Paul Dickov is still hopeful that Ross Turnbull will be persuaded to sign a new contract to make a return to the club. Turnbull is a free agent after his contract ran out at the end of June, but Paul Dickov has made him a new contract offer and is awaiting a response from the player and/or his agent.
Last week he told DROS: “Hopefully Ross might come out to Portugal with us”, as he strives to extend the stay of Turnbull, who made 28 appearances for Rovers before a calf injury cut his season short.
July 15, 2014
Ball returns to Belper
Ex-Rovers striker Jordan Ball has joined Belper Town for a second spell, being one of four players to be snapped up by boss Peter Duffield last week.
Belper are strengthening their squad following their promotion from Evo-Stik League Division One (South) in the summer.
Ball had previously been at the club on loan in 2012 while still under contract at Doncaster Rovers. He has played for Rainworth Miners Welfare and Mickleover Sports, who both also play in the Evo-Stik League, since leaving Rovers in June 2013.
July 15, 2014
Skipper glad to be back
Rovers skipper Rob Jones is glad to be back in the cut and thrust of training with the rest of the squad after several months on the sidelines, although he is still be given the go-ahead to head the ball, so he is still prevented from taking part in full games.
However, Paul Dickov has confirmed that Jones is fully fit, so any step up to playing games will be fairly easy for him to make - but he has to wait until a return visit to the specialist who will then deliver his verdict.
Jones told DROS last week: “I’m just delighted to be back and involved with the group. I’ve got a few more weeks to wait before I’m fully ready. I think three months is the most I’ve been out; it’s now been eight or nine months and it’s very lonely but thanks to the gaffer I’ve taken myself away from it.”
During his absence, Rob has been trying to stay busy, and he is already looking ahead to when he gives up playing the game. He added: “I’ve been away doing my coaching badges so I’ve had that to concentrate on but I’ve spent more time with my family than usual – so that’s a bonus. I’ve just tried to busy myself really by looking at how other people train and reading up on the literature to get ready for my ‘A’ licence."
July 14, 2014
Kirkland signs extension at Owls
Former Rovers loan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has signed a new one year contract with Championship club Sheffield Wednesday. Kirkland was out of contract but, after making 35 appearances last season, has been offered a new deal for the coming season.
However, it looks as though he will have to settle for a role as a back-up keeper, as on the same day that he signed his extension, Wednesday also signed stopper Keiren Westwood, who has joined from Sunderland after being released by the Premier League side.
July 14, 2014
Crichton swaps coasts
Last month, former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Paul Crichton joined Grimsby Town as a goalkeeping coach - but he is now leaving Blundell Park to take up a similar role with Championship club Blackpool.
Crichton left his role at Huddersfield in the summer, and had agreed to help out at Grimsby, although that role was only part time, with Grimsby boss Paul Hurst accepting that he would move on if a full time position became available.
Hurst told the Grimsby Telegraph: "The agreement that we had with Paul always meant that he could look at his options if someone offered him a full-time post and that's the way it's worked out. It's a full-time post at a Championship club and with all the will in the world, realistically, it wasn't a decision to make for him. We're disappointed to lose him and although it was a very short relationship, he was a good guy, a very experienced coach and we're sorry to see him go.
He added: "It's now a case of trying to find someone out there who fits and can develop James and the two young keepers further. It would be on the same basis as Paul and in truth, that makes it harder, because they wouldn't be coming in everyday but we're not a part-time club so people can't come to us after work."
July 14, 2014
Dickov hits back at Quinn claims
Boss Paul Dickov has hit back at claims made by defender Paul Quinn that he has a number of grievances against Doncaster Rovers, saying that he is 'bewildered' at the claims.
Quinn has not turned up for pre-season training so far, and has not been included in either of the pre-season games at Bradford or Lincoln.
Paul Dickov told the Doncaster Star: “Paul is contracted to the club. For the second year running he’s not turned up for training which is disappointing and unprofessional from his point of view. He does have a release clause in his contract which he activated but as we stand now he is still our player because he’s not signed for any other club so he should be in for training."
"It’s disappointing, not just for myself but for the club. Paul has had a lot of help both personally and professional from the club. For it to happen for the second year running is unprofessional to say the least."
Warning that he is not willing to put up with such antics, Dickov added: "We look forward and have a successful season in League One with players that are committed to the club and want to be here."
However, Quinn's time at Rovers may not be totally over - but he will have to demonstrate his commitment to the club if he is to stay.
Speaking to DROS, the Rovers boss hinted: "Paul’s contracted to the club and whether he wants to come back is his prerogative; it’s something which from our point of view we will keep in-house as much as possible because we like to think we’re a respectful club. If we have to keep him for the season, we will. Paul will have to show us that he is 100% committed to the football club.”
July 14, 2014
Roberts joins Chester
Ex-Doncaster Rovers left back Gareth Roberts has joined Chester FC and has agreed a one year contract with the Conference Premier side.
Roberts was a free agent after reaching the end of his contract at Notts County and becomes Chester boss Steve Burr's fifth signing of the summer.
Chester were only reprieved from relegation from the Conference Premier this summer after Hereford United were expelled for financial reasons.
Roberts only joined Notts County in January after departing from League Two club Bury, and has made well over 500 league appearances during a 20 year career.
Chester boss Steve Burr commented: "Gareth has impressed me in training this week and wants to come and play for the club. He is vastly experienced and above all is very fit which will be an asset to us this season. He will be able to help develop some of the younger lads we have here and I’m delighted to have him on board."
July 13, 2014
Lincoln City 2 Rovers 0
A rather lacklustre performance from Rovers will have given Paul Dickov plenty to think about ahead of the squad jetting off to their Portuguese training camp this week.
Rovers again used the ploy of using two completely different teams for the game, with several trialists supplementing a rather meagre Rovers squad, along with a number of former youth team players making their step up to the senior ranks.
Trialist James Bailey had Rovers' first chance of the game in the fourth minute, but his volley flew well over the bar. Lincoln then grew in confidence and started to impose themselves on the game, with Miller and Robinson missing the target, following good build-up play from Theo Robinson, Paul Keegan and James Bailey with 16 minutes gone. And so it continued for the rest of the half, with Mitchell Lund having his work cut out down the Rovers' right, but the half finished goalless.
Lincoln again began well, but Rovers started to get back in the game, only to go a goal down in the 56th minute, with Jordan Burrow rising above Liam Wakefield to head the ball into the net from a right wing cross.
Elliott Kebbie provided Rovers' best chance of the game as he tore away down the left, pulling the ball back into the penalty area, but he had outpaced his team mates, and there was no-one in the right place and Lincoln were able to clear the ball.
With nine minutes to go, Rovers went two goals down after failing to clear a corner, with Power firing home a looping shot which evaded goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown.
With so many trialists, fans will be wondering which are genuine trialists, and which are players who Paul Dickov would have signed but for the delays caused by the takeover.
Among those turning out for Rovers yesterday were ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Williams, ex-Leeds goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown, Elliott Kebbie, Nathan Tyson, Cedcic Evina, Peter Clarke and James Bailey among those playing in the game.
Rovers (first half): Ben Williams, Mitchell Lund, Luke McCullough, Peter Clarke, James Husband, Paul Keegan, James Bailey, James Coppinger, Lewis Ferguson, Harry Forrester, Theo Robinson
Rovers (second half): Jamie Ashdown, Harry Middleton, Ben Askins, Liam Wakefield, Cedric Evina, Dean Furman, Marc De Val, Elliott Kebbie, Richie Wellens, Nathan Tyson, Alex Peterson.
July 13, 2014
From the boss
Often it is said that you learn more by games that you lose than games that you win - in which case, Paul Dickov should have learned a few valuable things from yesterday's game at Lincoln City, which came on a hot afternoon after just under a couple of weeks of intensive training, with the squad regrouping after the summer break at the start of the month.
Dickov was disappointed with the Rovers performance in the game, although he did admit that the high number of trialists did disrupt the way the team played.
He told DROS after the game: "There was a lot of poor football out there today but I think the best thing for us to do is forget about it and continue our hard work in Portugal next week. The players have all worked extremely hard in training this week but they knew they only had 45 minutes each to play, it shouldn't have taken them as long as it did to get into the game. I thought we lacked energy today. Maybe that is a sign of how hard they have worked this week because we have pushed them to the limit, but tiredness isn’t an excuse for me in pre season.We should have done better."
"Having a lot of trialists in can sometimes cause a bit of disruption as players aren’t used to working with each other so I will take that on board, but we still expect everyone to go out and try to do the right things and play the right football. The most important thing at the moment is getting everyone’s fitness levels up, but that doesn’t excuse the result today. There are certain things that were missing both on and off the ball and they’re the things we aim to put right before the start of the season."
Dickov welcomed midfielder Harry Forrester back into the side, adding: "The main positive from today was getting 45 minutes out of Harry Forrester. He was a bit rusty at times and over keen in trying too hard, but we’ll build him up gently. It was great to have him back and is a big boost for everybody."
July 13, 2014
Rovers to snap up Evina
Crawley Town manager John Gregory has strongly hinted that former Arsenal and Charlton winger Cedric Evina will sign for Doncaster Rovers soon after Rovers offered the 22 year old more money than Crawley could afford.
Gregory conceded defeat in his efforts to sign the Cameroonian born player, telling the Crawley News: "I lost Cedric Evina. He went to Doncaster; they offered him a very good salary that we couldn’t match and we pulled out of that deal. I could have signed him on Tuesday and it would have been job done, but I left it the week. Maybe it was supposed to happen, you know?"
"I’m a great believer in fate and Doncaster came along and offered him considerably more than we were offering him. He is a young boy and I would have done exactly the same in his situation."
Evina played for the second half of yesterday's game at Lincoln City.
July 13, 2014
Dickov admits interest in Obika
Boss Paul Dickov confirmed this week that he is interested in signing Spurs striker Jonathan Obika, who looks certain to leave on loan this summer, even though he has only just signed an extended contract at White Hart Lane.
We reported on 2nd July that Rovers are one of a number of clubs chasing Obika's signature, but with delays caused by the takeover, Rovers are likely to hold off for a little longer as the Rovers manager considers other options.
He told the Doncaster Star: “Jonathan’s a player I’ve admired for a long time. I’ve watched him since he was 16-year-old at Tottenham and he’s a player I know a lot about. There have been preliminary discussions, but that’s about as far as it’s gone at the moment.”
Dickov is also reported to be keen on signing Ishmael Miller, who is a free agent that played on loan for Yeovil Town last season.
July 13, 2014
Fairhurst goes back
Ex-Doncaster Rovers striker Waide Fairhurst has signed for Macclesfield Town, which marks his third spell at the club. Waide joined for a first time in 2011 after being released by Rovers and, although his first season was blighted by injury, he scored 13 goals in his second season at the club.
He left to join Lincoln City last summer, but failed to establish himself in their first team and returned to Macclesfield for a short time last season, finishing the season off with Whitehawk FC, where he scored four times after making the move down to Brighton in March.
July 12, 2014
Lincoln City v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers play the second of their pre-season fixture list this afternoon when they make the relatively short trip to Lincoln City, with the game kicking off at 3pm.
Paul Dickov, who is still unable to sign any players until the takeover of the club goes through on Friday, will field a number of trialists who will be hoping to impress sufficiently enough either to be signed or to be included for the trip to Portugal next week.
Dickov is again likely to name virtually different sides for each half of the game as he considers his options as well as allowing the players to gradually make the step up to full match fitness after the summer break.
Jamie McCombe will be hoping to be included in the squad for his first action of the summer - Lincoln are one of his former clubs.
Admission prices for the game are £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for juniors (under 18).
July 12, 2014
Fleetwood return for Hume ruled out
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Iain Hume will not be returning to Fleetwood Town next season, despite the club showing interest in acquiring his services earlier in the summer.
Boss Graham Alexander confirmed that they had made an approach to Hume at the start of the summer break after he completed a successful loan spell at the club last season. However, he now appears to have moved on to other targets, and Hume does not appear to be set for a return.
Alexander told the Blackpool Gazette: "It was something that we spoke to Humey at the start of the summer. He went away and we left it there. Things seem now moved on. I don’t think that will happen now. It didn’t really get as far as other possible transfers do, but wherever he turns up Humey will add to the quality of the squad.
"He was fantastic for us last season. He did a really great job and he was a big part of the late run and the play-offs and winning promotion. We thank him for his efforts but I think we have moved on from that and Humey has moved on too.”
July 12, 2014
Fulham sign McCormack
Fulham have signed Leeds United striker Ross McCormack in an £11 million move, making him the most expensive striker to move outside the Premier League. He is joint ninth most expensive overall, but all others were made to clubs the Premier League.
A former Rovers loan player, McCormack has signed a four year contract at Craven Cottage, with a further twelve month option.
It brings an end to a on-going transfer saga that saw both player and Leeds United insisting that he was not going anywhere, but speculation arose again when McCormack failed to join the Leeds party that flew abroad for a pre-season training trip.
It seems the recent takeover of the club has made the Scottish international change his mind about staying, and he said that while Leeds would "always have a special place in my heart", it was "no longer the Leeds United I fell in love with".
New Leeds owner Massimo Cellino commented: "I like to be in control of situations but it felt like he wasn’t my player. I was disrespected, he was aggressive with me. He didn’t turn up for the tour and all the time he wanted to go from here. It wasn’t in my mind to sell McCormack, it wasn’t my plan, but I had no choice. He’s a bloody good player and I’m not going to pretend that he isn’t but he didn’t respect me and it wasn’t possible to keep him.”
McCormack handed in a transfer request last week, but even then, Leeds were trying to keep hold of the player.
Ross played 19 games for Doncaster Rovers in the second half of the 2005/06 season while on loan from Glasgow Rangers.
July 12, 2014
Elliott out to impress
Speedy winger Elliott Kebbie will be out to impress Paul Dickov this afternoon in Rovers' game at Lincoln City, hoping to stay in with a chance of being signed by by the Scot later this month.
Kebbie, born in Yorkshire, also played for Leeds United, Hull City and Atletico Madrid, is hoping to get signed up with a Football League club, although he signed with non-league Halifax Town, who were impressed enough to hope to sign him.
Dickov told the Doncaster Star: "Elliott has got a decent history behind him. He went from Leeds to Atletico Madrid and he was at Hull last year. He’s one over the course of pre-season we’ll be keeping tabs on. He’s a winger but he got moved to right back at Atletico Madrid because they liked to play with attacking wing backs.”
Kebbie's time at Madrid was cut short due to a bout of glandular fever, but he has now fully recovered, although it took him nine months to do so.
July 11, 2014
Dickov impatient for July 18th
Rovers boss Paul Dickov is waiting eagerly for the John Ryan/Louis Tomlinson takeover to be completed on July 18th, as that will hopefully mean that he can secure several transfer targets for the coming season. Dickov has been unable to sign any players, but it has not stopped him having discussions with players, so there could be several joining within a few days once he gets the green light.
Among those who have trained with Rovers, and played against Bradford Park Avenue on Wednesday evening, were Peter Clarke, James Bailey, Jon Otsemobor and Elliott Kebbie.
Dickov told the Doncaster Free Press: “There are a few players in at the minute that we’re having discussions with – positive discussions and once the takeover is confirmed on the 18th hopefully we can start announcing a few things."
“They’ve been in training with us. James is a player I’ve always liked since his days at Crewe and Peter is experienced, he knows how to get promoted out of this division. Elliott has got a decent history behind him. He went from Leeds to Atletico Madrid and he was at Hull last year. He’s another one over the course of pre-season we’ll be keeping tabs on."
"We’re in discussions. There’s nothing we can do until after the 18th. We’re very hopeful we can announce a few signings after that."
"We’ve said all summer that we’re chatting to people. The players we want to get in are players we want to get out of the division with. Experienced players, players with energy, players who can pass the ball. It’s not just the lads who are here tonight, there’s other things going on behind the scenes as well.”
July 11, 2014
Woods heads for the Big Apple
Ex-Rovers midfielder Martin Woods has joined New York Red Bulls on trials as they look to "shore up the left midfield position".
Woods is one of three trialists to join the club, and whether any of them sign may well depend on other out of favour players leaving the club, as they are operating under a wages cap.
Woods is a free agent after being released by Barnsley at the end of a short term contract this summer.
July 11, 2014
Lockwood is new skipper
Oldham Athletic have announced that former Rovers defender Adam Lockwood will be the new club captain for next season.
The team captain is yet to be confirmed.
Boss Lee Johnson told their official web site: "Locky is the daddy and the grandad of the group so with his experience, players can go to him. I'm going for a team captain and a club captain. I like to have that structure where he is my voice into the dressing room and the dressing room can go to him and he will report back to me."
With the departure of Korey Smith, the manager is now searching for a new captain, with Johnson adding: "On the pitch we're looking for a captain but I've certainly got something in my mind who I want," admitted the gaffer.
July 11, 2014
Horton glad to be back
Rovers' assistant manager, Brian Horton, is glad to be back and working on pre-season training, and is pleased in the condition that most players are in.
He told DROS last week: “The majority of players have come back in really good shape and we’re happy with them. They needed a break. Everyone was really disappointed with what happened last year but your body and mind need a rest at the end of a long season like that. They’ve all come back full of enthusiasm for this season which is exactly what you expect. We want a vibrant group and we want an ambitious group, and that’s what we have here.”
He added: "All the work is geared towards that match at Yeovil. Yes, we want to win games in pre season, but mostly it’s about getting fit and not getting any injuries. We want a full compliment of players for that first fixture, and anything we’re not happy with we aim to put right in pre season."
July 11, 2014
Pittman tries out at Daggers
Ex-Rovers striker Jon-Paul Pittman has joined Dagenham & Redbridge on trial and is set to be part of the club party that go on a pre-season training stint in Spain this month.
Pittman was at Wycombe Wanderers last season, but is one of six players on trial at Dagenham this summer. He failed to score at all last season in his second stint at Wycombe, but scored 24 times in 62 appearances for Crawley Town.
July 10, 2014
Copps agrees new deal
Rovers midfielder James Coppinger completed a ten year stay at the club at the end of last season, and it looks as though he will be ending his career with Rovers after agreeing a new contract this week. He is now one of only four players to have played more than 400 first team games for the club.
Due to the takeover of the club which is not due to be completed until next Friday, the contract cannot be signed until the new owners take control, but it is believed by the Doncaster Free Press that James has agreed a new two year contract. It was reported earlier this week that Coppinger had been absent from pre-season training owing to a problem with insurance, as he was out of contract, but we note that agreement was made in time for him to play in last night's first pre-season game against Bradford Park Avenue.
July 10, 2014
Bradford Park Avenue 0 Rovers 2
Doncaster Rovers got their pre-season campaign off to a winning start last night with a comfortable 2-0 win at Bradford Park Avenue. Theo Robinson got Rovers into the lead in the 61st minute, with a 73rd minute own goal by Grant Black doubling the Rovers advantage.
The first half was fairly even, but Rovers had the best of the second half, with Paul Dickov electing to field virtually different sides in each half, with only goalkeeper Jon Maxted playing the whole game, presumably because Rovers do not have a second goalkeeper on their books at the moment!
James Coppinger, who agreed a new contract with Rovers this week, had a hand in both goals.
Paul Dickov elected to field several trialists in the game, including Peter Clarke, Elliot Kebbie and Jon Otsemobor, who finished the game early owing to injury.
Rovers (first half): Jon Maxted, Mitchell Lund, Luke McCullough, Peter Clarke, James Husband, Paul Keegan, Richie Wellens, James Bailey, Kyle Bennett, Lewis Ferguson, Alex Peterson
Rovers (second half): Jon Maxted, Jon Otsemobor, Ben Askins, Liam Wakefield, Brown, Harry Middleton, Marc de Val Fernandez, James Coppinger, Dean Furman, Elliot Kebbie, Theo Robinson
Substitute: Billy Whitehouse (for Otsemobor, 82)
July 10, 2014
Crowdfunder heads upwards
The total raised by the Rovers' "Crowdfunder" scheme has now gone through the £700,000 mark, with their web site reporting that 558 people have pledged a total of £717,901 between them.
However, with target being to raise £2 million by 17th July, it means that £1,282,099 has to be raised in 7 days - which equates to £183,157 per day!
There have been hints that the deadline will be extended, with the initial closing date being timed to coincide with the Ryan/Tomlinson takeover which will be completed on the following day.
July 10, 2014
Moussa moves to Charlton
Former Rovers loan midfielder Franck Moussa has completed a transfer from Coventry City to Charlton Athletic after apparently turning down the chance of a move to Birmingham City.
Moussa was out of contract at Coventry, and the 24 year old Belgian had been interesting Millwall, Barnsley, Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield Town and Wolves.
He scored 14 goals for Coventry last season in 46 games, but has signed a two year contract at The Valley.
He told Charlton's official web site: "I was looking to sign for a good team and I think I've found this in Charlton. I had a phone call to come and have a chat with the manager [Bob Peeters] and I had a good feeling straight away." The Valley is a great stadium so as soon as I heard of the interest it happened really quickly after that."
July 10, 2014
Rovers close in on Clarke
Doncaster Rovers are close to signing former Huddersfield Town defender Peter Clarke on a free transfer after he left the Terriers this summer.
Sky Sports News is reporting that even though Clarke is attracting the attention of several clubs, Doncaster Rovers are in "pole position" to sign the centre back, who made 224 appearances in a five year stay at Huddersfield.
Boss Paul Dickov is after several players this summer after seeing a number leave this summer, either at the end of their last contract, or by electing to leave by triggering a clause in their contracts caused by the club's relegation at the end of last season.
July 9, 2014
Bradford Park Avenue v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers travel to play Bradford Park Avenue this evening in the first of their pre-season match schedule, with the players keen to get their first match under their belts after just over a week of training sessions.
Midfielder Dean Furman, who is keen to put the memories of last season behind him, told the Doncaster Star: "No matter how hard you run, that first game always hits you hard. But as a footballer you want to play matches. You can train all you want but there’s no feeling like a match day. We’re excited for the first game and as long as there’s no injuries, going forward, it’ll stand us in good stead. We’ve got to make sure our preparations are right over the next four or five weeks. We’ll be ready for the challenge ahead."
Exactly which players turn out for Rovers will be very interesting, with Rovers yet to make any signings this summer. With Mark Duffy, Chris Brown and Paul Quinn having left the club after exercising a clause in their contracts triggered by Rovers' relegation, added to the players that were released at the end of their contracts, Rovers may have to rely on several trialists to make up the numbers this evening.
The likes of James Coppinger, Ross Turnbull and Paul Keegan, all of who have been offered new deals but are yet to sign, are reported not to have trained this week due to insurance issues. Presuming that continues, they are unlikely to take part in the game at Bradford.
July 9, 2014
Prices for tonight's game
Admission prices for this evening's game at Bradford Park Avenue, which kicks off at 7:45pm, will be:
Adults £10 - Concessions (60+) £5 - Students (with NUS card) £5 - Under 16s - free
The official match day magazine will be on sale for £2.
July 9, 2014
Bailey set to be Rovers' first signing
It seems that former Derby County and Crewe Alexandra midfielder James Bailey will be Doncaster Rovers' first signing of the summer - but that will not be completed until July 18th, when the Tomlinson/Ryan partnership complete their purchase of the club.
Rovers have not mentioned any players who are at the club on trials, but Crewe boss Steve Davis indicates that Rovers have beaten him to Bailey's signature.
Davis said on Monday: "We wanted to offer James a chance to come and play, because he has struggled to do that over the last 12 months or so. He is a player and a lad we have a high regard for and we knew he could improve us. We have set our sights high for that reason. We only want players, who will improve us and that is why it has been quieter than usual with our incomings. I spoke to James directly and his agent. I knew there was other interest and once I knew that this other club was interested then I knew we would struggle to compete financially."
July 9, 2014
Goals review
It may be the summer break, but competitive football continues in the United States, and former Rovers midfielder Giles Barnes scored one of Houston Dynamo's goals last Friday as they ended a 479 minute goal drought in their 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls.
Barnes struck in the very first minute of the game, with Bradley Wright-Phillips scoring two goals for New York, before Brad Davis scored the equaliser from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute.
Although most clubs begin their pre-season fixtures this week, Brighton have already been in action, with ex-Rovers loan striker Kazenga Lua Lua scoring one of Brighton's goals in their 5-0 win over non-league local club Lewes FC, which marked new boss Sami Hyypia's first match in charge.
July 8, 2014
Woods leaves Harrogate
Harrogate Town have confirmed that former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Michael Woods has left the club after informing them that he will not be returning for pre-season training.
Woods spent over a year at the CNG Stadium following his release from Rovers, since when he has played 38 games, although he spent much of last season on the sidelines after picking up an ankle injury on Boxing Day in their game against Guiseley.
Boss Simon Weaver, a former Rovers loan player, said: “He’s decided he’s not going to come back for pre-season. He contacted and sent me a really nice message saying he has enjoyed his time here and he has got his love for the game back. We wish him well. He has given us some brilliant moments and played with his creative flair."
July 8, 2014
Guy signs for Gateshead
Ex-Rovers striker Lewis Guy is the third former Doncaster player to join the ambitious Conference Premier club Gateshead, following the news that John Oster and Michael Rankine have signed up for the coming season.
Guy was available after leaving Carlisle United at the end of last season, and he has agreed a one year deal with new boss Gary Mills, who is already a long way towards completing his squad, signing eight players so far this summer.
Guy, aged 29, makes a return to the north-east after starting his career at Newcastle United, which then took in Rovers, Hartlepool United, Oldham Athletic, MK Dons, Oxford United and St Mirren before arriving at Carlisle last season.
The Chronicle quoted Mills as saying: “Guy is another good signing for the club. He is a player with vast experience in the Football League who has also played in the SPL. He can play through the middle or out wide and was playing in League One last season. He hasn’t scored as many goals as he should have, but he can score goals at Gateshead and has the ability to make a strong contribution to the side."
July 8, 2014
Dickov hopeful of agreements soon
Doncaster Rovers are yet to confirm their first signing of the summer, but it is not for the want of trying by boss Paul Dickov.
The recent takeover of the club seems to have stalled any signings, but discussions held by Dickov with a number of players suggests that several will be announced in a short space of time, although it looks as though we may have to wait until the takeover is completed on 18th July.
He told DROS last week: “We can’t put an exact time frame on it but by next week we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to announce a few new signings. All throughout the summer we’ve also been in contact with the out of contract players and their agents and keeping them up to date with what’s going on. In these next two weeks we’re hopeful of getting some tied down. We want to get the club straight back up again, we’ll be in with a group of five or six who’ll all have the same ambitions and budgets, similar sorts of resources."
"We’re now in a position where we can look at recruiting players to strengthen what is already a strong core of players that we have here. We’re looking at a blend of players from young and hungry to experienced professionals with international pedigree. It’s going to be hard but we want to change the mentality of the players and go in to every game next year expecting to win and needing to win because draws wont be good enough if we want to get straight back up. We’ll need to get as many points as we can as quick as we can.”
July 8, 2014
Ryan assures Dons over future plans
Rovers' co-chairman John Ryan has moved to make assurances to the Dons rugby club that they remain part of the "Club Doncaster" concept which was started before he returned to the helm a couple of weeks ago.
Ryan had been critical of Rovers buying the Rugby League club last year, but his tone seems to have mellowed since then.
He confirmed to the Doncaster Star: “We’re not making any changes to any of that. I’m not really a rugby league fan but I do respect what they’ve done this season and all credit to them. We’ll do our best to support them. I’ve started to watch for their results. Who knows, they might even convert me.”
Gavin Baldwin added: "Absolutely nothing changes. John is committed to Club Doncaster. We’ve talked about it at length. We’ve explained the business model because John had reservations about the Dons at the start, but the Dons are absolutely fine.”
July 7, 2014
Quinn quits Rovers?
Defender Paul Quinn appears to have left Doncaster Rovers, with a number of posts on his Twitter account announcing that he would not be at the club for the forthcoming season.
Over recent days, there have been a number of posts written by the defender which indicate that he feels aggrieved that he has not had more contact from the club during the summer and feels let down.
Quinn is still under contract at Rovers but, like all others, has a 'relegation clause' built into his contract which reduces his wages as a consequence of relegation.
He is understood not to have turned up for the start of pre-season training last week - but he also did not turn up for the early stages of pre-season training last year as negotiations stalled over a new contract, which was resolved a week later. Whether this is only a temporary disagreement or anything more deep rooted will be interesting to see.
Quinn has tweeted: “I am sad I wont b returning to #drfc and would like to thank the fans for all the support over past 2 seasons, you deserve better also you lot backed us from minute I signed until that horrible day last season and its credit to you all.”
James Coppinger and Ross Turnbull also missed training last week, but that is understood to be more because of insurance issues while new deals are discussed. Out of contract trio of Paul Keegan, Jon Maxted and Liam Wakefield all trained normally last week.
July 7, 2014
Rankine joins Gateshead
Gateshead have been busy in the transfer market this summer. After confirming that former Rovers midfielder John Oster had signed on for next season, they announced another four signings last week, which included the capture of ex-Rovers youth teamer Michael Rankine, the nephew of former Rover Mark.
Rankine, now aged 29, was a free agent after leaving financially troubled Hereford United this summer, and is understood to have signed a one year contract at the Conference Premier club.
July 7, 2014
Ryan rejects exploitation claims
Rovers' co-chairman John Ryan has dismissed accusations of exploitation following the launch of the club's Crowdfunder appeal to raise £2 million for the club.
The Tomlinson Ryan Trust is hoping to raise the money through public donations, with the amount of donation earning "rewards", as long as the £2 million target is reached.
With fans of Louis Tomlinson making many of the pledges, critics have questioned the morality of the scheme, according to the Doncaster Star.
However, Ryan hit back by saying: "People do what they want to do. If they wanted to buy a Doncaster Rovers shirt because of Louis, they will anyway. Louis has said when he goes all over the world he sees Rovers shirts at his concerts. He mentioned seeing a few when he was in Australia last. What’s wrong with that? We’re not twisting people’s arms behind their backs. If they want to do it, they will. That’s the nature of life."
"We’ve always had to think outside the box a bit at Doncaster Rovers because we’ve not got a big fanbase. But we hope in time we will have. People want to get involved with Louis. His great overriding passion is Doncaster Rovers. He wants us to be successful. If we can get people involved in that on a global basis, then that will be wonderful."
Boss Paul Dickov explained: "The trust is money that will be going back into the club to create funds not just for the team but for the football club. It’s important that our supporters don’t get overtaken by what’s happened. Money that is made from it, a large proportion of it is going to go back into the playing budget, the club and the town.”
Pledges can only be received from people aged 18 and over.
July 7, 2014
Fulham make £7 million move for McCormack
The Daily Mail is reporting that Fulham are to make a £7 million bid for Leeds United striker Ross McCormack, who stayed behind after the rest of the Leeds squad left for a pre-season trip to Italy last Monday.
That figure is still not enough for Leeds owner Massimo Cellino, who is wanting £10 million for their top goal scorer for last season.
McCormack is also attracting the attention of Norwich City and West Ham United, but Fulham appear to be the favourites for his signature at the moment.
July 7, 2014
Sunderland make bid for Mutch
Sunderland are considering making an improved bid for Cardiff City midfielder Jordon Mutch after the Welsh club turned down a £1.5 million bid for the player earlier this summer.
However, Cardiff are insisting that they have not received any offers for the former Rovers loan player, but SportMail are now reporting that Cardiff have turned down a £3.5 million offer for Mutch, who is now going into the final twelve months of his Cardiff contract.
Mutch scored seven goals at Premier League level last term, although all reports suggest Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer is still planning on Mutch being at the club by the start of the season. Newspapers in Wales suggest that it will take an offer of at least £5 million to persuade them to consider the matter.
July 6, 2014
Rovers will offer James new deal
Doncaster Rovers will offer defender James Husband a new contract at the club, but only if he confirms that he wants to stay.
There have been a number of reports of interest from other clubs, in particular from Hull City, and Rovers are hoping to fend off approaches with the lure of a new deal - but they will not waste time in negotiating if Husband is wanting to leave.
Boss Paul Dickov told the Doncaster Star: "We need to sit down and have conversations with James and his advisers to find out whether he wants to stay. It’s pointless us putting a new deal to him if he has his heart set on leaving. If he wants to stay, no doubt there will be a new contract offer. I suppose it’s been dependent on what’s happened with the takeover of the club as well. We’ve had a few clubs enquire about him but we’ve had no firm offers for him. There’s been a few figures bandied around but until we get that we can’t really say anything."
Dickov confirmed that he will not stand in the way of any players leaving, with most having a reduction in wages this season as a consequence of Rovers' relegation to League One. Dickov added: "I won’t stand in anyone’s way if they express the desire to leave because what I can do now is offer players long-term security and buying into the long- term success of the club. If someone doesn’t want to be part of that, in the nicest possible sense, they can go.”
July 6, 2014
Ambition excites Baldwin
The ambition of the two new owners of Doncaster Rovers "excites" CEO Gavin Baldwin, according to an article carried in last week's Doncaster Free Press.
While Louis Tomlinson has spoken of his dream of Rovers playing in the Premier League, there is confirmation that Rovers will not forget their links with the local community.
Baldwin told the Free Press: “It’s hopefully something that is unique and it’s all built around ambition which for Doncaster Rovers is really exciting. The good thing, talking to Louis, is that he’s not going to forget the community. He’s passionate to put something back into the community and he wants to do Doncaster proud."
"But this is all about ambition as well, so it covers the full spectrum. They want to be bigger than Manchester United and it’s exciting to be part of something like that. Hopefully it’s something that the people of Doncaster will be really proud of. Hopefully we’re a model to be held up there for other clubs for the future because we’ve been so successful."
Gavin confirmed that the new owners remain committed to the "Club Doncaster" concept, even though nothing was mentioned of it at the takeover press conference.
He stated: “Absolutely nothing changes. John is committed to Club Doncaster. We’ve talked about it at length. We’ve explained the business model because John had reservations about the Dons at the start, but the Dons are absolutely fine. Let’s not forget the Foundation either, our charity arm. We’re really proud about what the Foundation does in the community. When you put together John’s ambitions for the football, Louis’ ambitions for the football, and also Louis’ ambition for the community, it’s a marriage made in heaven."
July 6, 2014
York ticket prices confirmed
Ticket prices for the League Cup game against York City have been confirmed.
The tie will be played at Bootham Crescent on Tuesday, 12th August with a 7:45pm kick-off, with prices as follows:
Adults £15 - Senior Citizens/Students (with NUS card) £10.
York are also to run the Capital One Cup's "quid a kid" promotion, which will allow supporters to buy up to five child tickets to be bought for £1 each.
July 6, 2014
Clingan signs new Killie deal
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Sammy Clingan has signed a new one-year deal with SPL club Kilmarnock. The Northern Ireland international was out of contract, but signed a new contract on the first day of their pre-season training, extending his stay that began in January 2013, when he joined after being released by Rovers.
Injuries restricted him to 18 appearances for Kilmarnock last season.
July 5, 2014
Kirby quits Grays
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Ryan Kirby has resigned as manager of Grays Athletic, citing "family and work commitments" as a to why he has decided to leave.
He has been replaced by Jody Brown, who has left Heybridge Swifts to take up his new post.
Kirby originally stepped down in February as Grays struggled in the league, with Andy Swallow temporarily taking over in a move that was aimed at allowing Ryan to play more games, but Kirby has now decided to leave the club in all capacities.
He has played for a number of clubs in the south-east of England over the past decade and played for Rovers during the 1990s.
July 5, 2014
SLOs provide assurance
The two Supporter Liaison Officers, which provide a conduit between supporters and football club, have issued some assurances that the recent takeover of Doncaster Rovers will not have any adverse impact on some schemes which had been put in place last season.
John Ryan has indicated that he wants the "Meet the Owners" events to continue, and one is being planned before the coming season begins, although for all pop fans, they should note that Louis Tomlinson is very unlikely to be there, owing to his touring commitments with One Direction.
The "In Rovers We Trust" concept is to continue, with a continued vision of supporter engagement with the club.
Part of the announcement of the takeover stressed that the club will continue with its involvement in the local community, with player visits to schools as well as a campaign being launched in local leisure centres, libraries and community centres.
July 5, 2014
Sharp denies Derby move
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Sharp has denied that he has been training with Derby County ahead of the new season. It is widely expected that Sharp will leave Southampton this summer after being left in the cold at the Saints, which resulted in a loan move at Rovers last season.
It had been rumoured that Sharp had been seen training with the Derby squad at Derby University, but he has denied such stories on Twitter this week.
July 5, 2014
Clarke bound for Rovers?
The Huddersfield Examiner has reported that Doncaster Rovers are interested in signing former Huddersfield Town skipper Peter Clarke to bolster their central defence ahead of the new season.
The 32 year old defender has already been linked with newly promoted Fleetwood Town as well as League One clubs Barnsley and Preston North End after being released after five years with the Terriers.
A former Everton and England under 21 international, Clarke made over 200 games for Huddersfield after joining them from Southend United.
July 4, 2014
Rovers after Miller
Doncaster Rovers are reported to be interested in signing striker Ishmael Miller, who is a free agent after his contract at Nottingham Forest ran out this summer.
Rovers apparently were considering a move for 27 year old Miller last season before signing Billy Sharp on loan, with Miller eventually going on loan to Yeovil Town, where he scored 10 goals in 19 games before leaving Yeovil in April after a disagreement with boss Gary Johnson, who criticised the striker's attitude.
Rovers need to carry out a substantial rebuilding of their squad as they only have a dozen contracted professionals, with others yet to give a decision on whether they will accept the new deals on offer.
Miller, who has also played for Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion, is attracting attention from other clubs, and Paul Dickov may have a challenge on his hands to persuade the player to drop down to League One for the first time in his career.
July 4, 2014
Dickov looks forward to building squad
Paul Dickov is saying that this summer is his first opportunity to "build his own team", after inheriting the majority of the squad last summer who were already under contract. However, this summer, there are only about a dozen players remaining under contract, with the future of some of those uncertain due to 'relegation clauses' in their contracts.
So it gives the Scot the opportunity to build the squad and has some ambitious targets on who he wishes to join the club.
He told the Doncaster Star last week: "The lads worked their socks off last year but [the club’s takeover] allows me to build my own team now, It’s probably the first time in four years of my management career I can afford to do that. I’m excited about that, and so are John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson."
"We’ve had a lot of chats about where we want to go and we’re hopeful we can start giving contracts out fairly soon."
July 4, 2014
Oster signs on again
Ex-Rovers midfielder John Oster has agreed a new one year contract with Conference Premier club Gateshead. He played 36 games for them last season in a side that was close to being promoted to the Football League, only being beaten in the play-off final.
Oster joined Gateshead last summer after being released by Barnet at the end of his only season with the club.
July 4, 2014
Crowdfunder building

The pledged by the Rovers' "Crowdfunder" scheme continues to rise, and has now reached £677,271 from 510 'backers'. It still faces a huge challenge of reaching the £2 million target by 17th July - the day before Louis Tomlinson and John Ryan's takeover of the club is completed, needing an average of almost £102,000 a day if it is to be achieved.
However, the pair have stressed that the takeover of Rovers will go ahead regardless of how much the Crowdfunder scheme raises, insisting that the scheme is not just about raising money, but also of raising the profile of the club.
A spokesman for the Tomlinson Ryan Trust said: "What is worrying many Rovers fans is that if the target is not met, will the club not be taken over? This is far from the truth. This is a multifaceted project with finance only one part of it. The Tomlinson Ryan Trust is looking to develop and nurture a bigger fan base as we look to get to the Premier League. This project has given us media coverage to match the World Cup in Brazil.”
There is a strong hint that the 17th July deadline will be extended, with the spokesman adding: "That’s the day before the new owners John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson take over the club. This seemed a suitable date to pick as with all these fundraising sites you need to have an end date, but we will be looking to move this project forward in more exciting ways, in which fans of both Louis and the club can be involved."
"These fundraisers are never quick off the start and we are confident that the target will be hit as more dates and rewards appear. It’s a new concept in football and something that will always attract sceptics. But the excitement we have generated, with over 33 million hits in the first few days, has planted Doncaster on the world map. This is a multifaceted project that is not all about finance but more about growing. The game has only just started.”

July 3, 2014
Webster moves to New Den
Ex-Doncaster Rovers centre-back Byron Webster has joined Millwall on a two year contract, with his deal at Yeovil expiring at the end of June.
Webster was a first team regular at Yeovil, but turned down the offer of a new contract following the Glovers' relegation this summer.
He becomes Millwall's third signing of the summer, and came after completing his medical at the New Den last week.
Byron had been linked with a move to a number of Championship clubs including Leeds United and Ipswich Town.
New boss Ian Holloway told the Southwark News: "I think he will improve our squad's strength. We're trying to improve the goals against column, so to do that you've got to stop goals going in. I like how Byron uses the ball from defence and I think he can play left side or right side, and with him I can also change my tactics and go three at the back if I need to. Hopefully someone like Byron can step up to the plate for us. I think he's in our bracket of the right age and wants to improve his career having just had one season in the Championship."
July 3, 2014
Crichton joins Grimsby
Former Rovers goalkeeper Paul Crichton has joined the back-room team at Grimsby Town after agreeing to put first team keeper James McKeown through his paces in training, as well as helping out with Grimsby's youth team.
He told the Grimsby Telegraph: "I've seen James play a few times, and he's obviously a good keeper. If I can come in, put on some good sessions and help him out, I'll be delighted. I was fortunate enough to have some great goalkeeping coaches who worked me hard. It's someone to bounce off and provide some feedback when needed."
Boss Paul Hurst added: "Getting that specialist assistance was crucial for me. "It was proving difficult to find someone, but I had some contact with Paul and the deal suits us both at this moment in time and I'm delighted. To get someone with Paul's vast experience, having just come out of a Championship club, is fantastic. Huddersfield's keeper, Alex Smithies was voted as their Players' Player of the Year last season, so Paul must have been doing something right! I'm pleased that in Paul, we've got someone who will continue his good work and will work well with James McKeown and our other keepers. It's great to know that James will continue to get the training that he needs to improve him even further."
July 3, 2014
Button stays at Bees
Ex-Rovers loan goalkeeper David Button has agreed a new contract at newly promoted Championship club Brentford, and has signed for another three years after keeping 19 clean sheets in 42 games last season, his first at Griffin Park.
He told his club's official web site: "Obviously I am delighted to sign. I loved my first year at the club. As soon as I found out that the club were interested in giving me an extension I was really happy and couldn't wait to get it signed. My first season here could only have been better if we had won the league."
July 3, 2014
Travel to pre-season games
The Supporters Club are hoping to run coaches to the away pre-season games at Bradford Park Avenue and Lincoln City, although it will depend on how many wish to travel.
The trip to Bradford Park Avenue will leave at about 5:45pm, with the Lincoln City coaches leaving just after midday - times will be confirmed once they have received enough bookings. Each trip is likely to cost in the region of £10.
If you are interested, please phone Paul Mayfield on 0791 727769 after 6pm any day.
July 2, 2014
Schofield joins Scunthorpe
Scunthorpe United have announced that former Rovers midfielder and captain John Schofield will be their new assistant manager. He will join up with his new boss Russ Wilcox, who was at Rovers at the same time during the mid-1990s.
Schofield left Gillingham in the summer after new Gills boss Peter Taylor wanted to bring his own, locally based, back-room team into the club.
Russ Wilcox told Scunthorpe's official web site: “I’m very pleased to announce that John Schofield has agreed to become our new assistant manager. I’m very excited about that. He has a wealth of experience right from management all the way to coaching. He has been in this job for the past seven or eight years and he comes into this job having had two good years with Gillingham. He had one promotion and one very good season under his belt. He knows what League One is about.”
The Iron manager continued: “Bringing John into the club is a good coup and it is a good move for him as well having just left Gillingham. He doesn’t live too far away so that is always a good thing – and that is handy for him as well. Me and John go back a long way. I played with him a lot at Doncaster and we did all of our coaching badges together. I did my pro license with him as well which is key."
July 2, 2014
Dickov hopes takeover will help with targets
Rovers boss Paul Dickov is hoping that the much publicised takeover of the club by John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson will help him with player acquisitions this summer, with the prospect of an increased budget helping to attract players as well as to keep those already at the club.
While the takeover is not formally completed for another two weeks, Dickov has been hard at work working on new players for the Rovers squad, although none have yet signed for the club.
He told the Doncaster Free Press last week: "Our budget will be up there with the top five or six teams in the league. I’m confident that with that I can put a team together that can go straight back up again. I’ve already had conversations with players and agents that would surprise a few people that they’re willing to drop to League One. But having John and Louis on board means my selling point is a lot different because of the ambition that the club has now got. It’s an attraction. What I’m saying to players is don’t come back next year and wish you’d have been a part of it.”
July 2, 2014
New houses to be built on Belle Vue site
At long last, the council have given planning permission for the redevelopment of Rovers' former home, Belle Vue, which has been empty since 2007, when Rovers moved into the Keepmoat Stadium.
The stadium was demolished shortly afterwards, particularly after gas explosion demolished part of the main stand, and the land has been empty since.
Permission has been given for 151 new houses to be built on the site, which will be developed by Barratt Homes Yorkshire. 270 jobs will be created during the construction period.
July 2, 2014
Rovers linked with Obika
Sky Sports are reporting that a number of Championship and League One sides are being linked with Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika, who has impressed while out on loan stints at Yeovil, Millwall, Crystal Palace, Peterborough, Swindon, Brighton and Charlton.
The 23 year old England under-20 international has come through the youth system at White Hart Lane, but has only made four first team appearances for them.
Other clubs said to be linked with Obika this summer are Charlton, Barnsley and Bristol City.
July 1, 2014
Otsemobor hopes for Rovers move
Defender Jon Otsemobor will join the Rovers squad this week as a trialist in the hope that he will impress sufficiently to earn a contract with the club.
The 31 year old right back has been invited to join Rovers for pre-season training, although his involvement may place a question mark over the future of Paul Quinn, who has a 'relegation release clause' in his contract, and has been linked with a move back to the Championship, although nothing has been confirmed on that front.
The Rovers squad returned to the training ground yesterday after holding a round of fitness tests at Cantley Park last week.
Otsemobor has played in League One for the last five seasons, with Norwich City, Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons. He is a free agent after leaving MK Dons in January.
July 1, 2014
Green signs for Millers
Ex-Rovers midfielder Paul Green has signed a two year contract with newly promoted Rotherham United. He becomes Steve Evans' eleventh signing of the summer and makes the move as a free agent after reaching the end of his deal at Leeds United.
Millers boss Evans told the Rotherham Star: “We are delighted to have signed Paul after several chats with his representatives. The lad had a magnificent finish to the season with Ipswich Town so it wasn’t a surprise to find there was significant interest in him, so we are very pleased to add him to our squad. I think the lure of Championship football, knowing what we are about as a football club and our magnificent stadium all helped to convince him that this was the club for him."
"Paul is a full international, he has just returned from an end of season trip with Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland, so he will be given a few more days to recuperate. He has been down here today to finalise the deal and have his medical but he won’t officially begin work with us until Monday next week.”
Green moved up through the Rovers' youth system to become a first teamer, making his last Rovers appearance at Wembley in 2008 in the League One play-off final against Leeds United, joining Derby County after his Rovers contract ended. He switched to Leeds United two years ago, but spent the latter part of last season out on loan at Ipswich Town after losing his first team place at Elland Road.
July 1, 2014
Bowyer responds to Ryan claim
Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has responded to claims by new Rovers co-chairman John Ryan that Chris Brown will be paid £10,000 a week to move between Doncaster and Blackburn.
Speaking on Blackburn's official web site, Bowyer said: "Contrary to reports, he is not on the wages that their Chairman has stated and we are disappointed that for the second summer running he has made comments regarding player`s wages that are both unwelcome and inaccurate."
Defender Tommy Spurr made the same journey between the two clubs last summer.
July 1, 2014
Dickov hopes key two players will stay
Rovers boss Paul Dickov is hoping for some good news this week after receiving the disappointing news of the departures of Chris Brown, Mark Duffy and David Cotterill recently.
He is "more than hopeful" that key midfielders Richie Wellens and James Coppinger will still be at the club for the coming season. Wellens has a 50% wage reduction clause built into his contract, as have all other senior professionals, and Coppinger is out of contract, but has been offered a new deal for next season.
Dickov told the Doncaster Star: “Every player in the team had a 50 per cent wage reduction on relegation so we want to sit down and keep our best players."
"James wants to stay. I spoke to James last week and I’ve been in regular contact with his agent. James has a massive love for the club and we want him to stay. Hopefully that issue is one that will get sorted out soon."
"Richie has a year left on his contract albeit with a clause in it. I spoke to Richie on Thursday. We’re going to sit down shortly and hopefully get something to Richie which makes staying attractive."
"Copps and Richie, as well as being two of our best players, have got a massive affinity for the club. I’m more than hopeful we can keep them.”