Doncaster Rovers: Club denies imminent exit for Wellens

Paul Dickov has previously stated he would not be playing Richie Wellens if he didn't think he had a long term future at the club.
Paul Dickov has previously stated he would not be playing Richie Wellens if he didn't think he had a long term future at the club.
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Rovers have strongly denied speculation that influential midfielder Richie Wellens will be leaving the club in the coming days.

Fuelled by online comments from senior members of fan group the Viking Supporters Club – who are known to have high ranking contacts at the club – speculation has mounted that Wellens could be about to end his short term contract with the club.

Suggestions have been made that Wellens is pricing himself out of a stay at the club.

The midfielder has been linked with a switch to Bristol City where he would reunite with former Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll.

But manager Paul Dickov and chairman John Ryan have both told the Star that they intend to keep the 33-year-old.

“I’ve heard nothing about anything involving Richie leaving us,” Dickov said.

Chairman Ryan also denied suggestions Wellens is poised to leave.

He said: “No, no. We are trying our best to keep Richie at this club.

“That goes for Reece Wabara as well but his future depends on what Manchester City want.

“We have a board meeting next week and I’m sure both of these things will be top priorities in that.”

Wellens penned a short term deal with Rovers at the start of the month but the club has been coy when pressed for the length of the contract.