Richie Wellens has today left Doncaster Rovers after having his contract terminated by mutual consent. He made a total of 199 appearances for the club and played 16 times this season.

The 35-year-old played for the club over the course of two spells, separated by a move to Leicester City in between. In his first full season with the club he played a hand in helping the club achieve promotion into the Championship via the League One play-offs.

The midfielder has spent the past six weeks on loan at Oldham Athletic, and it is widely expected that he will pen a permanent move to Boundary Park. He is therefore expected to see out the remainder of his career with the Latics.

Wellens did come close to leaving the Yorkshire club earlier this season due to his desire to move closer to his home in Lancashire. A transfer to Wigan Athletic was on the cards, only for that to fall through.

The creative midfielder began his career with Manchester United and appeared in one first-team game when appearing as a substitute in the League Cup defeat against Aston Villa in 1999.

He made the move to Blackpool where he played just less than 200 times with the Bloomfield Road club, helping them achieve promotion out of the Third Division and also winning two Football League Trophy finals.

Doncaster Rovers thanked the player for his services and wished him well for the future.


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