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May 19, 2017
Akinfenwa signs contract extension
Ex-Rovers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has signed a new contract at Wycombe Wanderers, which will extend his stay at the club until the summer of 2018.
The 34 year old striker joined Wycombe last summer after leaving AFC Wimbledon and helped the Chairboys to finish in ninth place in the League Two table, just one point away from qualifying for the end of season play-offs.
The news was revealed at the Wycombe Wanderers' 500 Club Award Dinner event in mid-April, in which Bayo was named as their Player of the Year.
Akinfenwa said, on accepting the award, "Every single one of those players have helped me throughout this season. I know sometimes the strikers get the plaudits, but the work that goes on by everyone is incredible. When we cross that line we are together, and I want to thank everyone; the staff, the players and the fans. As long as I feel fit and I feel strong I'll be out there, and I'm delighted I'm going to be here next season."
May 19, 2017
Rovers investigate Mandeville's injury problems
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson thinks there is something behind the series of injuries suffered by young striker Liam Mandeville, which saw him watching from the sidelines as he picked up a hamstring injury, ankle injury and a hamstring injury since the New Year.
A second hamstring injury forced Ferguson to think that it was something more than an unfortunate set of coincidences, with Ferguson commenting: "We’ve looked at all the old records with him and we’re not actually sure whether he’s going through another growth spurt. We’ve looked into it. It’s not as if he’s doing something that he shouldn’t be doing but there is a weakness in there. Either that or he’s just been incredibly unlucky."
"We’re trying to dig a bit deeper. If it’s a growth spurt that’s when you’d see the things we are seeing. We’re waiting on the outcome of that. We’ve scanned him and there is a problem in there in terms of there is a (hamstring) tear. But how that has happened is a bit of a mystery really and that’s twice now. We’ll try to get to the bottom of it."
May 19, 2017
Walling to set up college course
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Dean Walling is set to launch a football based college course for school leavers, which will be based at the Ruston Sports and Social Club, which is off Newark Road in Lincoln.
Walling already runs a successful football academy for youngsters between the ages of 4 and 14, and is now setting up a BTEC Level 3 course in Sports Performance and Fitness. It will have an initial intake of 20 people, with the course being half educational, half football.
A team from the course will also enter a college league, with Walling hoping to set up matches against youngsters from the likes of Lincoln City, Grimsby Town and Doncaster Rovers.
Walling said: "It will be a chance for them to go into the shop window. We've got teams from under-sevens to under-13s and 14s. And we offer work experience to 14-year-olds who help us out in the office and with coaching. We want to fill that gap between 14 and 18. We've got the ideal recruitment because we've got the lads who've come through from the age of seven. It's a natural progression. Some of the lads are not academically gifted but want to stay in sport. I was the same. I left school at 16 and wanted to play football and did an apprenticeship at Leeds United. But I was lucky. I know lots of people – some really talented lads – who just drop out of football and you never see them again."
"I want to give these lads, from under-sevens all the way through to under-16s, a chance and let them know they can have a future in sport. Some of the kids that will come with us will have been with us since they first kicked a ball. We'll also be looking at scholars who've been released by professional clubs and we'll set up an open trials day."
"You've got to have five GCSE grade Cs and above to get on the course at level 3. But we'll also offer a level 2 course for the lads who don't get those grades. They can work on the functional skills, like English and Maths, so they can get the grades that they need. We've teamed up with a company called Virtual Learning who will oversee the educational side of things and we'll cover the football side. It's a fantastic opportunity for the kids and I'm really proud to be setting it up."
May 19, 2017
Marquis hopes to extend stay 'up north'
Striker John Marquis has had a superb season, and he is hoping to stay at Rovers for longer than the one year remaining on his contract, heaping praise on the manager and coaching staff for the way his form has improved since joining last summer.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post in mid-April, Marquis said: "As far as I am concerned, I have a year left on my contract and hopefully if I can well enough in the next few games, they might want to sit down and sort a new one out, which would be nice. There is no reason I would be wanting to go anywhere else. My football has come on so much and I cannot speak highly enough of the manager and staff."
"I would probably go as far as to say that I have learned more in one year of football since Kenny Jackett left Millwall, which was maybe four years ago. My tactical knowledge of the game has improved as has my technique. It has been incredible how I have improved personally."
He added: "It was about finding the right team, manager and place to settle. Coming here was a massive new chapter. Not just on the pitch, but in life in general. I would be the first one to say I am a bit of a ‘mummy’s boy’ and a very homely boy. But I have moved a long way from home and I have come up with my girlfriend and we have started a new chapter of our lives here and it was something I have needed, on and off the pitch."
"Putting in hours on the training pitch with a manager who wants to keep training players is a breath of fresh air for me and a lot of other players and I have just embraced the whole situation. He (Ferguson) is a brilliant manager and I think we are very lucky to have him."
May 19, 2017
Burge joins Eastleigh
Ex-Rovers midfielder Ryan Burge spent the last three months of the season at Vanarama National League club Eastleigh as they aimed to end a stuttering run of results. He became the club's third signing in early March and made his debut for the Spitfires in their 2-0 win against Barrow, with Director of Football/Caretaker manager Richard Hill attempting to turn the club's fortunes around.
Burge was a free agent, having left Sutton United in December 2016, and had previously also played for Port Vale and Newport County.