PAUL DICKOV is backing new Doncaster Rovers’ No 1 Jed Steer to follow in the footsteps of fellow loanee Sam Johnstone and be a big success at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Rovers start their League One odyssey at fellow relegation side Yeovil this afternoon with Aston Villa custodian Steer, 21, entrusted with goalkeeping duties after joining on a three-month loan.
If all goes well, Dickov will endeavour to extend the loan of the former England Under-19 player, whom he is confident will step up to the plate as Rovers seek an immediate return to the Championship.
Dickov, who has brought in Slovakian Under-21 international Marko Marosi as cover for Steer, said: “Jed is a top young goalkeeper and someone we have watched a lot. He is in a similar mould to Sam Johnstone and I know Villa think very, very highly of him.
“I know he is going to be a good goalkeeper for us. Sam was outstanding last year and I think Jed will be similar.”
On extending his loan, all being well, he added: “That is something we will try and do. We have got him until the first of November at the minute and we will get some games under his belt first and then deal with that when we have to.”
Two players that Rovers will have to make do without this afternoon in Somerset are experienced duo Richie Wellens and Paul Quinn, who are not currently part of Dickov’s plans and unlikely to be in the forseeable future.
The pair are set to exercise relegation clauses in their contracts this month, with both on reduced terms following Rovers’ demotion and keen to find pastures new.
Dickov said: “I think they are both hopeful that they will leave before the 31st and when that happens, it will free up a little bit of money to get some cover in.”