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Wellens: this club has so much potential

17 May 2021

Richie Wellens says he’s looking forward to helping Rovers reach their potential as a football club after being appointed as the new first-team manager.

Wellens was appointed on Monday, having made 199 appearances for Rovers across two spells during his playing days.

He said: “I know what this football club can be. I have to thank Gavin Baldwin, David Blunt and Terry Bramall for making me feel so comfortable from the first interview, coming out of the that made me want it even more.

“I’m delighted that they have given me the job and the opportunity to take the club forward.

“This is a football club that helped me develop as a player so I want to do the same as a manager.”

After holding early discussions with current members of the playing squad, Wellens says he will look to complement those already in the building.

He added: “It’s not going to be a complete rebuild because we’ve got some good players here, the experienced lads have an important role to play.

“I’ve met a couple of them already and I’m really looking forward to getting to know the group we have here.

“The job now is to recruit the right people and players, we want them to have good footballing intelligence. I want the fans to be able to come here after working all week and enjoy the football on display.”

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