Tommy Rowe is set to leave Doncaster Rovers this summer after failing to agree on new terms, as reported by the Doncaster Free Press.
The former Peterborough man had been in talks with Grant McCann to remain at the Keepmoat following their sixth-placed finish in League One, but as talks have stumbled he’ll now be on the lookout for a new club.
The manager claimed it wasn’t feasible to reach the demands being made by his skipper, prompting him to spend the money elsewhere on the squad.
“We feel we can get a player that can come in there that’s a younger version of Tommy and can be at least as effective,” McCann said. “That is where we’re looking at.
“It’s nothing against Tommy, we love him, we think he’s a really good player. In terms of that, we just need to make sure we balance it around the group a bit more.”
Wythenshawe-born Rowe broke through with Stockport County and has since represented Peterborough, Scunthorpe and Wolves as well as Rovers. He captained the side in their two-legged defeat against Charlton, but missed a crucial penalty in the shoot-out.
His brother Danny is on the books of Ipswich Town and he leaves Doncaster with almost 150 outings to his name and 34 goals.
Rowe is a competent and accomplished League One player, but McCann is working on a budget and that won’t be broken.
There are only a few teams who’ll be spending big money to get out of the division and as Sunderland showed, it’s often togetherness and teamwork that’s every bit as important as pounds and pence.