DONCASTER ROVERS manager Paul Dickov has revealed that Dean Furman and Reece Wabara’s desire to play higher division football prompted the club not to offer them fresh terms.
South Africa captain Furman and ex-Manchester City defender Wabara were the major names on Rovers released list, with the pair keen to test themselves in the Championship.
Theo Robinson, Jamie McCombe, Abdul Razak, Theo Robinson and Stephen Bywater were among other players released by Doncaster.
Meanwhile, Kyle Bennett and former captain and current coach Rob Jones have been offered new deals, although Dickov confirmed that several rival clubs are interested in the former.
On those players who he has elected to leave go, Dickov, who said that the door is not completely closed on Bywater possibly remaining, said: “The one thing we want to try and do next year is be better, but I want to thank the boys who we’ve released.
“Big Jamie has had his injury problems, but has been professional to the last, Theo similarly.
“Abdul was a low risk option that we explored and he leaves on good terms while we are keeping our options open with regards to a new goalkeeper and the door isn’t entirely closed just yet on Stephen Bywater.
“Reece and Dean were different. We sat down with them and spoke to their representatives and they expressed a desire to perhaps have a look a little higher. “When we spoke to them, we had to say that we respect their opinion and want them to get a club at a higher level.
“But at the same time considering the problems we’ve encountered in previous seasons, we don’t want to be in a situation again with players who have been with us the previous season are not contracted for the forthcoming season.
“They are two fantastic kids who I’ve got a lot of time for and I spoke with them to wish them all the best and thank them for, not just their time at Doncaster but also the relationship I’ve had with them over the last five years of management.
“Dean was my captain at 22 at Oldham and has a lot of interest both here and abroad, so it was a difficult call. But at the same time what I can’t afford to do is let things drag on and affect the players that I want to keep next year. “
On the decision to offer Jones and Bennett fresh terms, Dickov added: “Rob Jones had his injury problems, but I think he’s got a lot to offer on and off the pitch but the one thing we have stressed to the players who will be here next year is that there’s no guarantees.
“But Rob’s done a great job with the development squad and we want him to continue with the coaching side too.
“As for Kyle, then there’ll be interest in him because he’s a good player, but all the conversations I’ve had with him and his representatives are that he wants to stay. We’ll sit down with him and his agent this week.
“I know about the interest and they’re not trying to do it behind our backs – we’re aware of what’s going on – but all the indications are that he wants to stay.”
Meanwhile, Rovers have appointed former Barnsley, Leicester City and Manchester City defender Gerry Taggart as the club’s new chief scout.
On the decision to appoint Taggart, who worked as Dickov’s assistant during his time at Oldham, the Rovers boss added: “He’s someone I know well and was my assistant at Oldham for two years.
“We went through the process and had the interviews and it was very close.
“I don’t want people thinking that just because we’ve worked together that it’s a ‘jobs for the boys’ scenario because Gerry’s knowledge of going out, watching games and doing team reports – and his experience – means that he knows exactly what type of player I’m after in terms of attitude and ability.
“He’s out watching games all of the time and will be a big, big plus for the club in this coming year.”