Wellens gutted at Rovers exit
Leicester's Ritchie Wellens has admitted he is 'gutted' that his time with Doncaster is now over.
Last Updated: 08/07/09 1:00pm
Leicester City's newest signing Ritchie Wellens has admitted he is 'gutted' that his time with Doncaster Rovers is now over.
Wellens thoroughly enjoyed his two years at the Keepmoat Stadium and says if the Foxes were not such a big club he would have stayed.
The former Oldham and Blackpool midfielder admits his time in South Yorkshire were the best years of his career, but that the deal suits both parties.
Although Leicester have only just returned to the Championship after a season in League One the 29-year-old believes they remain a major force.
"My time at Doncaster has probably been the best two years of my career," he conceded. "We have had success and last year we finished 14th, which was a big success for us.
"To be honest, I am gutted. I didn't want to leave and I wasn't looking to leave but as soon as I learned that a club like Leicester were willing to come in and pay the money that Doncaster felt they would want for me - I went down and spoke to them and I couldn't really say no to be honest.
"I am going to miss playing for them. The way that Sean (O'Driscoll) had us playing makes us a good side and I love the way we played football and I am definitely going to miss that.
"I think that the move suits both parties. Sean can now go out and get some players in and he also gets me off of the wage bill. I get to move to a big club and, obviously, more money as well. I can now play in front of 25/30,000 fans every week."