Richie Wellens is set to revive his Doncaster Rovers career after he made a surprise return to the squad in last night’s superb 2-1 win in the Capital One Cup at Watford.
Wellens, 34, had not featured at all this season prior to the trip to Vicarage Road after activating a relegation release clause in his contract at the end of last season.
Paul Dickov had previously vowed not to play the former Leicester City midfielder until the current transfer window slammed shut - and there was an expectation Wellens would move on before the September 1 deadline.
Wellens, who came on as substitute after 79 minutes for Marc De Val, last night, has one year to run on his current Doncaster deal.
Rovers, who are ninth in League One, thoroughly deserve to be in the Capital One Cup hat for the third round draw today.
They had got off to an impressive start.
Striker Nathan Tyson - who had replaced Theo Robinson - slammed home a penalty after Kyle Bennett had drawn a foul on 11 minutes.
Dickov’s team held on for 20 minutes before Lloyd Dyer equalised for Watford.
But Rovers were not going to lie down - they cleary had an eye on today’s draw.
And they grabbed the lead for a second time when Liam Wakefield found the bottom left corner in a chance created by Dean Furman.
Dickov said: “The players were hungry from the word go and I thought we deserved the win.
“We created the bulk of the chances and had Watford on the back foot for long spells.
“It’s a terrific result for us, one which is great for confidence.
“Hopefully we can go deep into this competition” added Dickov. “We are capable if we continue to play like we did tonight.
“It’s still early days, but I’m delighted with this result.
“We’ve done well away from home this season, it’s been a few wins in a row. It would be great to keep that form going.”
On Wellens and Keegan on committing to signing new deals, the manager said: “They’re both going to sign new deals on Thursday.
“Paul has agreed a three year deal and Richie has agreed a two year contract, which is great news for us.”