Doncaster boss wants long-term deal for former Man City prospect

Paul Dickov wants Doncaster Rovers to tie Reece Wabara down to a long-term contract after his early season form.

The 22-year-old defender left the Eithad Stadium over the summer, terminating his contract by mutual consent, having made just one Premier League appearance for City.

His time in Manchester was interjected with a number of loans into the Football League, with Ipswich, Oldham and Blackpool being the beneficiaries of his talent for varying lengths of time, before spending the first half of last season with Doncaster Rovers.

He played 19 games for Rovers in the Championship, before returning to the Etihad in January 2014, and it was Paul Dickov’s men who managed to re-sign the promising youngster when he left the club over the summer.

He signed a short-term contract with the now-League One club, keeping him at the Keepmoat Stadium until the end of December this year, and Dickov wants to ensure they have the former England youth international tied down to a longer deal before his current contract expires.

Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press, former Arsenal and Man City forward Dickov said: “We want to keep Reece here

“We need to sit Reece down and have a chat.

“It’s something I’ve spoken to the board about.

“He’s a big asset to us and the age he’s at, he’s only going to get better.”

Despite being notionally a full-back, Wabara has developed into a well versatile defender, whilst also proving to become something of an attacking threat.

Dickov continued: “When we first put him in the middle at Watford it raised a few eyebrows but Reece has played that position for me before. He was fantastic at Fulham too.

“Although he may not be the tallest, he’s got a good spring and he’s very, very quick. He covers well and reads the game well.

“When we put him at right back, as well as being a good defender, he’s an attacking threat for us as well.

“He’s played every minute since he’s come back in.

“That says a lot about his attitude and how he looks after himself. He’s naturally very fit. The more games he gets, the better he is going to get.”

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