Doncaster Rovers: Rovers bid to keep James Husband

Hull City are among the clubs said to be interested in James Husband
Hull City are among the clubs said to be interested in James Husband
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Rovers are ready to offer James Husband a new contract - but only if the sought-after full back wants to remain at the club.

The Star understands that Husband is one of the lowest paid senior players at the club, particularly following relegation-related reductions.

With a number of clubs already making enquiries about the availability of the 20-year-old full back following Rovers’ drop into League One, the club are hoping to fend off interest by improving his terms.

But boss Paul Dickov says Rovers will not waste time with negotiations if Husband already has hit heart set on leaving.

“We need to sit down and have conversations with James and his advisers to find out whether he wants to stay,” Dickov told the Star.

“It’s pointless us putting a new deal to him if he has his heart set on leaving.

“If he wants to stay, no doubt there will be a new contract offer.

“I suppose it’s been dependent on what’s happened with the takeover of the club as well.

“We’ve had a few clubs enquire about him but we’ve had no firm offers for him.

“There’s been a few figures bandied around but until we get that we can’t really say anything.”

Premier League side Hull City are known to have expressed an interest in Husband as they look to build a squad capable of coping with the rigours of a Europa League campaign.

Dickov insists he will not stand in the way of any player wanting to leave because he wants a squad fully committed to the plans for the club.

He also says he is now in the position to offer longer term security to players following the boost his budget has received from the takeover of the club by John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson.

He said: “I won’t stand in anyone’s way if they express the desire to leave because what I can do now is offer players long-term security and buying into the long- term success of the club.

“If someone doesn’t want to be part of that, in the nicest possible sense, they can go.”