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Dickov on Players

4 July 2013

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Manager Paul Dickov spoke to Rovers Player about update on current transfer dealings.

Rovers opening game during the pre-season period saw Dickov’s side record a 4-0 victory over local side Frickley Athletic.

After the final whistle Paul addressed the gathered press with his thoughts on the evening’s proceedings. 

“It was a good work out for us,” he said


“We played two XI’s in both 45 minute periods as a fitness session, but we also wanted the players to try and take into the game what we had been working on throughout the week.


“At times the passing and movement was very good, we got a little bit sloppy at times but that can happen especially in pre-season. Overall you’d take four goals, a clean sheet and no injuries.


“I knew before I came here that the attitude of the players is top class and I’ve seen that already. I still think that there is a lot that we can improve on but we are only eight days in and it was only our first game so it gives me plenty to work with.

“Football is about playing the game; you can train as much as you want but what it comes down to is 90 minutes. I’m pleased with them [players] but I do think it can get so much better. When we moved the ball with a bit of pace and a bit of tempo we looked a decent side but when we slowed it down and took too may touches we looked a little bit sloppy – I will forgive them for that, being the first game, but our standards need to be set higher.

“You have to work hard in pre-season; what I want is the whole squad to go out there feeling in perfect condition. There’s no better feeling as a footballer than going out knowing that you are stronger and fitter than you opponent.”


Dickov also confirmed that deals for Harry Forrester, Dean Furman and Jean Yves M’Voto had been agreed in principle however reports of a deal for Mark Duffy were premature.

“There is interest in Mark [Duffy], he is a player that we rate highly. There have been conversations, as everyone is aware, but no deal has been agreed reports stating otherwises are very premature.

“We have, however, agreed deals in principle with three players Harry Forrester, Dean Furman and Jean Yves M’Voto.

“Harry has been in training with us; he’s a player that is at a good age and we think that he can do well here. We are trying to agree some sort of deal with Brentford at the minute.

“Harry wants to sign with us and if he does we would need to pay some sort of compensation, I think the most sensible thing would be for both clubs to come to an agreement over the fee.
“Dean and Jean have also agreed a deal in principle and the paperwork should be signed and completed by the end of this week or early next week.” 

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