Doncaster Rovers: Meite out to impress in behind-closed-doors friendly

Abdoulaye Meite (right), pictured in action for West Brom.
Abdoulaye Meite (right), pictured in action for West Brom.
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Abdoulaye Meite will aim to convince Paul Dickov he is worthy of a short-term deal in a behind-closed-doors practice match today.

And he is unlikely to be the only trialist on show either.

Dickov is desperate to freshen up his squad during the current transfer window and views experience as a vital commodity. Meite certainly ticks that box.

The 33-year-old centre back boasts 48 caps for Ivory Coast and spells in the Premier League with Bolton and West Brom.

French-born Meite has been training with Rovers since his contract expired with Finnish Premier Division side FC Honka at the end of October. Upon his departure from Honka he was prevented from signing for another club for the remainder of the year by red tape.

The fact he has spent so long at Cantley Park would seem to indicate that Dickov is keen to step up his interest.

Skipper Rob Jones and Bongani Khumalo could both return at Blackburn on Saturday but Meite’s physical stature would be ideal back-up for the pair and also take the heat off teenagers Liam McCullough and Liam Wakefield.

Meanwhile, Rovers say they will break their wage structure to keep out of contract Richie Wellens.

“We’ve offered Richie a deal beyond our usual parameters,” said chief executive Gavin Baldwin.

“We’re hopeful he will sign.”