Paul Dickov says the takeover of Rovers by John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson has delivered a big boost to the club’s chances of holding onto its key players.
Every contracted senior player at the club suffered a 50 per cent reduction in wages following relegation from the Championship, Dickov revealed.
And as he awaits receipt of one of the largest playing budgets in League One, Dickov says he will be looking to offer improved terms in order to hang onto the club’s best men.
“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,” Dickov told the Star.
Dickov says he is ‘more than hopeful’ that Rovers will be able to hold onto key men James Coppinger and Richie Wellens.
Coppinger is one of eight out of contract players to be offered new deals while Wellens has a clause in his contract which would open the door for his departure following relegation.
Despite the pair’s futures remaining in doubt, Dickov has confidence they will remain Rovers players beyond the summer.
He said: “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.”
Dickov also revealed the majority of out of contract players want to remain with the club.
Aside from Coppinger, seven others had initially been told they would be offered new deals at the end of their contracts.
Dickov said: “The majority of players have indicated they want to stay which is good.
“Chris Brown aside, you get players who want to stay and help the club and others who want to jump ship immediately.
“I’d like to say that a majority of players want to stay - if we want to keep them.”
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