DONCASTER Rovers have parted company with former Premier League defender Habib Beye by ‘mutual consent.’
“We haven’t done all the paperwork yet but we’ve come to an agreement with him,” said Rovers boss Dean Saunders.
The veteran centre-back signed an 18-month contract with Rovers midway through last season after being released by Aston Villa. It has been rumoured that he wasn’t keen to drop down to League One and has not featured in either of the club’s two pre-season games.
Saunders said that he could appreciate Beye’s position.
“Ideally I would have like to have kept him,” he said. “He’s played most of his career at the highest level but we’ve agreed to go our separate ways and it’s not a problem. I’d like to thank him for what he did for us when he was here.
Beye departure will help Saunders financially, but he claims he still needs several other contracted players to leave before he can start to bring in the ‘four or five’ new players he wants.
Rumours persist linking midfield star Brian Stock with Burnley, but Saunders again dismissed reports that a deal was imminent.
“I keep reading the stories but no-one from Burnley has ever contacted me about Brian Stock,” he claimed.
Saunders remains convinced that clubs will come in for his senior players and is aware that whoever leaves it will not go down well with the club’s supporters.
He admitted that in a ‘perfect world’ that no-one would leave.
“I want to hold on to as many players as I can,” he said. “I thought after the other day (at Grimsby) that if I could keep this group together and add to it it would be great.
“There is a great attitude at the club at the moment and the players are enjoying training and working hard.
“We knocked the stuffing out of Grimsby in the first half and some of the passing and movement was great to watch.
“But not only will it be hard to keep hold of players who have the opportunity to play at a higher level for more money, but we have to try and balance the books.
“I know all the time that I could be just a call away from losing a player.”
Saunders said that he had made offers for two players - a big striker and a couple of central defenders remain his priority.
One player who won’t be featuring in his plans is Greg McDermott, who has played in both warm-up games as a trialist. Saunders say he won’t be offering him a deal.