Dickov faces budget cuts

James Coppinger, one of the Rovers players facing the prospect of a drop in wages
James Coppinger, one of the Rovers players facing the prospect of a drop in wages
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Out of contract senior players will be forced to accept reduced terms if they wish to remain at Rovers, the Star understands.

Star sources suggest Paul Dickov’s playing budget will be significantly reduced following relegation to League One as the club look to ease the blow of the major reduction in funding.

The release of the club’s retained list yesterday confirmed that eight players will be offered new contracts, including first team regulars James Coppinger, David Cotterill, Paul Keegan and Ross Turnbull.

With the club looking to cut its cloth, all four are likely to be offered lower wages, some significantly reduced.

Young quartet Alex Peterson, Liam Wakefield, Jon Maxted and Harry Middleton will also be offered contract extensions following the end of their current deals.

Gabriel Tamas and Abdoulaye Meite – who signed short term deals in January – have not been offered new contracts.

There were few surprises in the club’s retained list with Billy Paynter the only player added to those released from the club.

Paynter ended the season on loan with Sheffield United following limited first team opportunities at Rovers.

Youngsters Josh Meade, Chris Whincop, Evan Finnegan and Jordan Binns were told of their release last week.

A total of 13 players remain under contract at Rovers though the existance of clauses in deals has opened the door for some to leave the club, it is understood.

Academy graduates Ben Askins, Mitchell Lund, Lewis Ferguson and Billy Whitehouse have all been offered their first senior contracts.