Rovers pair set to leave

Rehabilitation: Steve Brooker may still have a future with Rovers if he proves his fitness.                Picture: Andrew Roe

Rehabilitation: Steve Brooker may still have a future with Rovers if he proves his fitness. Picture: Andrew Roe

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defensive duo Wayne Thomas and Dennis Souza will leave Doncaster Rovers next month - but the club have not ruled out retaining the services of injury-hit striker Steve Brooker.

Rovers manager Sean O’Driscoll has informed Thomas and Souza that their contracts will not be renewed come the end of June.

Having arrived at the Keepmoat Stadium last August from Southampton, Thomas went on to make 21 appearances, including 17 starts.

Former Barnsley defender Souza played nine times in all competitions. The Brazilian player was sent off in his second ever start for Rovers against Sheffield United following two bookable offences.

However, O’Driscoll has hinted Brooker may still have a future with Rovers, as long as he proves his fitness over the summer.

He said: “Steve’s still going to be around the club - he’s just had an ankle operation and he’ll do all his rehabilitation with us. He’ll be out for the next three months but if he can prove his fitness beyond that then he could still have a role to play here.

“We’ll see how he does. He’s proven he can be an asset for us if he stays fit.”

Earlier this week, O’Driscoll released Byron Webster while evergreen goalkeeper Neil Sullivan, defenders Sam Hird and James Chambers, in addition to young midfielder Ryan Burge, have all been offered new deals.

Rovers are also exploring the possibility of bringing Ryan Mason back on a temporary basis from Tottenham Hotspur. O’Driscoll is eager to bolster the options at his disposal, having watched his side finish just six points above the relegation zone after a poor run in the second half of the campaign.

The Rovers boss faces a fight to hang on record signing Billy Sharp during the close season. Premier League battlers Wolverhampton Wanderers have reportedly joined the race to sign the former Sheffield United striker.

Wolves are believed to be lining up a £2.5 million bid for Sharp, who notched 16 goals last term.

Sharp was the subject of a £2.3m bid from Ipswich Town last week. The Tractor Boys also tabled a £300,000 offer for Rovers long-serving midfielder James Coppinger. Both bids were turned down.

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