DONCASTER Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders risks losing one of the out-of-contract players he is keen to retain.
Doncaster-born defender Sam Hird, one of more than a dozen players whose contract ran out at the end of last season, has been approached by two clubs and has been given a fortnight’s deadline to make a decision.
Hird’s agent is expected to have talks with Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders this week where he will appraise him of the situation.
“Obviously everyone out of contract is released but I’ve been told by the manager that he wants to keep me,” said Hird speaking exclusively to The Star,
“But as of yet I’ve been made no offer by the club because they are trying to get players out who are on big contracts before they sign players.
“I understand the situation that the manager is in, and I can sympathise. But at the end of the day if you are a player out of contract you’ve got to consider your options.
“I’ve got a couple of options and I’ve got to give them both considerable thought.
“I want to stay with Doncaster Rovers but time is ticking and in my situation you can’t wait all summer otherwise you run the risk of being without a club at the start of next season.
“Staying on at Doncaster, and helping them to try and get back into the Championship, is my preferred option.
“I know it is going to be a tough league but if I’m still here next season that is what I’ll be pushing for. I think Doncaster will be a strong team in League One.”
Hird started 26 games last season and was on the bench in another eight. An adaptable player, the former Leeds United reserve can play either in the back-four or midfield, and always gives 100 per cent,
“I felt that I played well last season and I ended the campaign in the team playing in front of the back-four,” he said.
“Everyone knows that centre-back is my favourite position, but if the manager thinks that I can do a job for the team as a defensive midfielder then I would have no problem with that; I just want to be playing regularly next season.
“I’ve played most of my career in the Championship and I consider myself a Championship player but I would have no problems playing in League One for Rovers next season,
“But it’s frustrating that having being told by the manager that he wants to keep me that I’ve not yet been made an offer - even though, as I say, I understand his position.
“Bearing in mind I’ve got to make a decision with regards to the other two clubs to have shown an interest, I would hope that the club are able to make me an offer within the next few days.”