Doncaster Rovers v Notts Co: Dickov delighted to get ‘lucky’ in signing ‘top player’ Razak

Doncaster Rovers have completed a season-long deal for Ivorian midfielder Abdul Razak and are chasing a striker on loan.

New Doncaster Rovers signing Abdul Razak (Picture: Dave Thompson/PA Wire).
New Doncaster Rovers signing Abdul Razak (Picture: Dave Thompson/PA Wire).

Manager Paul Dickov – who strengthened his rearguard last week with the capture of experienced goalkeeper Stephen Bywater – introduced Razak to his players yesterday morning.

He did not receive international clearance in time to figure tonight against Notts County, but Dickov is delighted to have been able to rescue Razak’s career after it stalled at bankrupt OFI Crete in Greece, following his release from Anzhi in Russia.

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“I’ve known the kid for a long time and once he shook my hand and told me he wanted to sign I believed him,” said Dickov, who watched the versatile 22-year-old midfielder during his days in the development squad at Manchester City.

“The main thing about him is getting him back playing football.

“I do believe we’ve signed a top player and we’re lucky to have him.”

Dickov also confirmed Doncaster are hoping to sign a striker on loan, but has been encouraged by the camaraderie shown among his forwards – Theo Robinson, Curtis Main and Nathan Tyson.

“They’re all backing each other, no one’s spitting the dummy out. There’s an old-school mentality at the minute about the squad that I really like,” said Dickov.

“There is a lot of belief in the squad at the minute. We have the bit between our teeth now and have a lot stronger characters in the dressing room.

“That’s the pleasing thing for me now, the team spirit we’ve shown over the last month.”

Last six games: Doncaster WDDDLW; Notts County LDLLLW.

Referee: R Clark (Northumberland).

Last time: Doncaster 0 Notts County 1; December 9, 2014; JP Trophy.