DONCASTER ROVERS: 10 new men

In limbo:  Manager Dean Saunders has yet to receive any offers for the high earners he must sell to release cash for signings. Picture: Steve taylor
In limbo: Manager Dean Saunders has yet to receive any offers for the high earners he must sell to release cash for signings. Picture: Steve taylor

DONCASTER Rovers have still to receive any offers for their contracted players claims manager Dean Saunders.

The Rovers boss admits that he is surprised by the lack of interest shown so far in players with a proven pedigree at Championship level over the last four seasons.

“It’s not that I want to lose them - in fact there are quite a few of them I really don’t want to lose,” he told The Star.

“But, as I have said before, I have to move out some of the players on the biggest contracts before I can start to rebuild the squad.

“As things stand I’ve got the budget down by more than half, but we’ve got just 12 contracted players on the books.

“Depending how many of them leave, we need to sign at least another 10 players to complete the squad.

“It’s very frustrating, as it must be for the supporters, that nothing is happening and things are in limbo.

“But until such time as one of the contracted players moves on I don’t know which position I need to fill.

“If, for instance, Tommy Spurr and George Friend were to leave I would obviously need a left-back.

“I’ve been offered some really good left-backs, as I have right-backs, in recent weeks, but I can’t move on any of them.

“In any case a number have already been snapped up by other clubs.

“There are good players out there, who I know would do us a good job in League One next season, who I have spoken to and who I have shown around the stadium.

“Some of the players I hope will be here next season are some of those players who are currently out of contract at the club.

“I told the players that I’d be interested in keeping that I want to offer them something - though it might not be what they got last season.

“What I’ve got to decide is how would some players respond next season after not only suffering relegation but also having had their wages cut by me to help balance the books.

“Would they still be prepared to give everything, or would some resent me - particularly if they’d signed because they had nothing else?

“It’s a dilemma because I could sign a boy from a League Two club who is really promising and give him double what he was earning last season.

“He would think that he had hit the jackpot being at Doncaster and he would think that I was brilliant for bringing him here and he would be motivated enough to run through a brick wall for me.”