Doncaster Rovers: Goal hungry Richie Wellens relishing more advanced role

Richie Wellens. Photo: Steve Uttley.
Richie Wellens. Photo: Steve Uttley.
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Richie Wellens is off the leash and ready to get among the goals.

The 34-year-old got on the scoresheet for the first time this season in Rovers’ last outing, at Burton Albion in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Wellens says he is benefitting from playing in a more advanced role following Spaniard Marc De Val’s recent emergence in the holding role.

And the midfield maestro has set himself a ten-goal target for the season.

“Because we’ve changed the system and we’re only playing one holding midfielder it allows me to get forward more,” said Wellens.

“I hate holding midfield. It limits your game a lot.

“The manager’s picking a three in there where I can bomb on and push on.

“I’m hoping, if he keeps me there, I can contribute more goals.

“If I can get ten this season, I’ll be happy.

“I prefer to be further up the field because I can see a pass and I can put people in,” he added.

“I always want to set people up.

“But if I’m going to be a bit more greedy and shoot more often, which I’m trying to do, I might get a few more goals.”

Typically forthright, Wellens is clear on Doncaster’s target for this season.

“We’ve got to target the top six. We’ve got to,” he said.

“It’s just a case of keeping players fit.

“I’m starting to feel good about myself now after getting a few games.

“We don’t think we’ve had a great start but if we win our games in hand we can move up to seventh or eighth.

“We’ve just got to start defending better and stop conceding silly goals. If we do that we’ll win more games and move up the table.”