Paul Dickov says he would not have given Richie Wellens the captain’s armband if he did not think he would remain at Doncaster Rovers.
Wellens’ short term deal expires after the New Year’s Day trip to Queens Park Rangers.
The 33-year-old midfielder revealed yesterday he had agreed a two-year deal with Doncaster but that was subject to Sequentia Capital’s since failed takeover going through.
Dickov, however, remains confident that his former Leicester teammate and stand-in skipper will stay at Rovers.
“People are saying he’s going to be leaving, he’s going to be doing this and that,” said Dickov.
“But if I thought for one minute he’d be leaving there’s no way I’d give him the captain’s armband [in the absence of Rob Jones].
“He’s a big player for us. He makes us tick.
“We’ll sit down over the next couple of weeks. I’m confident we’ll get something sorted out.
“There’s a massive will from the club and myself to keep him here, and Richie wants to stay.”
Wellens is a doubt for tomorrow’s trip to Bolton after complaining of a stiff back at Birmingham.
“We’re hopeful Richie will be okay,” said Dickov.
“He tightened up quite a bit on Tuesday night. Hence, I think, why we didn’t pass the ball as well as we could have done in the first half.”