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Powell: Rovers stars 'in the dark' about future

SHAMROCK Rovers star Conor Powell says that the Hoops players are in the dark over their futures with the club until a new manager is appointed, though it's now thought that caretaker boss Brian Laws will not be involved at Tallaght Stadium next year.

A disappointing 2012 season for Rovers ended on Friday night with a 2-0 win at new league champions Sligo Rovers, but the bulk of the squad are now facing into a period of uncertainty.

Only a handful of the current squad are signed up for next season, such as Ciaran Kilduff and Ronan Finn. Some of the 2012 panel have already left, like Kerrea Gilbert and Daryl Kavanagh, so the rest of the squad are in limbo.


Laws had told the Rovers board that he would make recommendations on the existing squad and which players, in his view, should be kept on but former Bohemians and Sligo Rovers man Powell says the squad are now waiting on news of the new manager.

"We're in the dark, we don't know what happens next but I know I'd like to stay on here and few of the others would hope to get new contracts with Rovers as well," says the former U21 cap.

"As of Friday night we are out of contract and no longer being paid by the club so it's a nervous time for players. All we can do is wait and see who the new manager is and see what his plans are. He might want to have a completely fresh start and bring in a new team or he might want to keep some of the squad, it will be up to him," added Powell.

"In my case I feel I had a decent season in what was a hard year for the club. I played a lot of games and I would like to stay with Rovers if I can," he added.


Former Celtic man Alan Thompson is the latest name to be linked with the Rovers job, with former Hoops assistant boss Trevor Croly also in the frame. But it's believed that Laws, who took over from Stephen Kenny as caretaker, has already informed the current squad that his time in Tallaght is up.