DONCASTER ROVERS: Deano waits for activity

Reece Wabara tries to stop George Friend
Reece Wabara tries to stop George Friend
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DONCASTER Rovers boss Dean Saunders expects to lose some of the senior players who will be in action at Cleethorpes Town today before the start of the season.

But even though he needs to move some of his biggest earners out to reduce the club’s payroll, Saunders stressed that no-one will be allowed to leave on the cheap.

He is also set to impose a deadline after which time no-one will be allowed to leave during the current transfer window.

“I am still waiting to see what happens (as regards clubs coming in for players) and I would expect things to start happening soon,” he said. “But we’ll definitely have to put a deadline on players leaving when it suits us.

“I don’t want players leaving in the last week of pre-season training and me having to find a replacement (at short notice) because that would cost us results on the pitch (at the start of the season).

“Players who are still at the club will be told to tell their agent that there will be no more deals done with other clubs.”

Although things remain quiet with regards to the players still under contract at the end of last season, there is at least one player likely to be leaving the club in the near future.

“I’m in negotiations with Habib Beye at the moment,” said Saunders.

Beye joined the club from Aston Villa midway through last season and is under contract until next summer, but is not keen to drop down to the third tier of the English game.

“He doesn’t want to play in League One and he might have other options,” said Saunders.

Highly-rated defender George Friend, who many supporters feared would move on during the summer, will feature in today’s game against the newly-promoted Northern Counties East League side.

“Obviously it’s a long transfer window and a lot can happen in that time, though I’m not saying that I’m going to be off,” Friend told The Star.

“Even if I had a seven-year contract at Doncaster, as a player you are always open to things. But at the moment I’m committed to Doncaster because they are the club I am contracted to.

“I’m just training hard and keeping my head down,” added the former Wolves man, tipped 12 months ago for a possible to the Premiership.

“I kept myself fit during the summer and I’ve really enjoyed pre-season training so far.

“The first few days were difficult due to the wet weather - though I think it was probably harder for the management and coaches to find something for the players to do.”