Doncaster Rovers: Trio earn new deals

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Young trio Alex Peterson, Liam Wakefield and Harry Middleton have all been offered new deals at Rovers, the Star understands.

Paul Dickov chose to inform the young contingent within his squad of their contract fates first, calling each of the seven into his office at Cantley Park individually.

Liam Wakefield. Picture: Andrew Roe

Liam Wakefield. Picture: Andrew Roe

And while Jordan Binns, Josh Meade, Evan Finnegan and Chris Whincop were told they would not be offered new deals, Peterson, Middleton and Wakefield were all presented with extensions to their contracts.

All seven young players have reached the end of one year contracts, handed to them after graduating from the club’s youth system 12 months ago.

Both Peterson and Wakefield featured for the first team during the season, as injuries took hold.

Peterson, 19, made five appearances for Rovers during the campaign including one start in the goalless draw with Millwall on Boxing Day.

Wakefield made five appearances, scoring his first goal for the club in the Capital One Cup defeat to Stevenage.

Middleton failed to appear for the club this season but did start in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Crewe last term.

Rovers have opted to wait until the last possible moment to announce their retained list, and will reveal which players have been offered a new deal just before Friday’s deadline laid down by the Football Association.

The Star understands clauses within existing contracts are complicating matters in relation to next season’s budget.

While clauses are in place which favour the club, reducing wages due to relegation, other stipulations are also said to exist which hand certain powers to players.