Doncaster Rovers: Wellens heading for Rovers exit

Richie Wellens. Picture: Steve Uttley.
Richie Wellens. Picture: Steve Uttley.
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Richie Wellens has admitted he is unlikely to stay at Doncaster Rovers.

The 34-year-old midfielder had agreed a new deal but it was dependent on John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson’s takeover going through.

Following the collapse of that deal, Wellens has revealed that his future is likely to be away from the Keepmoat Stadium.

The former Blackpool and Leicester playmaker also believes that Doncaster’s budget will make it difficult for Rovers to compete at the top end of League One next season.

Wellens said: “I took an 80 per cent cut in wages following relegation.

“I couldn’t stay on those terms so I came to an agreement on a different contract and I thought I was going to stay.

“But unfortunately I don’t think the manager has got enough funds to get other players in to be able challenge at the top end of the table.

“I’m of the understanding that there’s no budget there for the [out of contract] lads and the lads on trial to come in.

“So it’s looking unlikely that myself and the other lads are going to stay.

“I was thinking the club were going to go for it next season and try and win the league,” he said.

“But it doesn’t look like it. I think the budget’s going to be cut again.

“I think it’s going to be difficult for the club to challenge at the top end of the table.

“And I think it’s going to be difficult for those [out of contract] lads to stay.”

Wellens has one year left to run on his current deal but his contract contains a relegation release clause.