Doncaster Rovers: Waiting game for boss Dean Saunders

Doncaster Rovers boss: Dean Saunders.
Doncaster Rovers boss: Dean Saunders.
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DONCASTER Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders has made signing at least one proven striker his No 1 priority this summer.

“We’ll get some good strikers in,” he told The Star. “A team is only as good as the quality of its strikers.”

But the former Welsh international says fans may have to be patient when it comes to news of a signing.

“I’ve been searching for strikers and will continue to do so and I’ve got some lined up,” he said. “But I’m not going to jump in now because if we sell a couple of the big earners then I will have more money to play with and I’ll be able to sign better players.

“I’m expecting to have to pay a transfer fee and to offer the player a decent contract to get the sort of striker I am looking for.

“You might be able to pick up players in other positions on a free, but there are usually only two reasons why a striker is available on a free.

“He was either on too much money at the club he was at or he didn’t score enough goals and the two things are linked.

“The club don’t think he was value for money because he didn’t score enough goals.”

“Sometimes it is worth looking at players who have been released by promoted clubs - especially from the division in which you will be playing in - not because they have had a bad season but because the club is able to afford a better quality player in a higher division.

“I know that it’s frustrating that here we are a month after the end of our season and we’ve not signed anybody.

“But it is not down to a lack of effort on my part because I’ve been busting a gut, not only sorting things out at the club - I’ve got rid of the three physios who were here to reduce costs - but talking and meeting players.

“We are going to sign some good players and we are going to try and hang on to the better ones of the players we’ve already got.

“But I’ve not only got to get the balance of the team right next season but also make the sums add up.

“I’m having to use all my contacts to try and get good players in without spending large sums of money.

“Dick Watson and Terry Bramall, who are getting more involved again, have been trying to help me out and chairman John Ryan is as enthusiastic as ever. I can see how he’s done what he’s done for the club over the years.”

Ryan, and other major shareholders, will be outlining their plans for the 2102-13 season and beyond, at an open meeting being held in the East Stand at the Keepmoat Stadium on Monday, June 18 (6,15pm).

The meeting will give supporters, who must obtain a free ticket (available from the stadium’s ticket office from June 6 onwards), the chance to question the directors on a range of topics - including the control of the Keepmoat being handed to the club.

The club will also be revealing some of the results from their major fan engagement project, In Rovers We Trust.

More than 800 fans took part in the online survey.