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Manager Steve Evans has confirmed talks have entered a critical stage with potential recruits, as preparations continue for life in League One.
Evans, who today stated that he is looking at both left and right midfield areas, has also previously indicated strengthening his attacking options is a key requirement in his close season recruitment drive.
The Millers boss also confirmed that potential recruits have been shown around New York Stadium this week, but remained tight-lipped on their identity.
“The team positions of the squad where I would like to strengthen are now no surprise,” Evans revealed to www.themillers.co.uk
“Obviously I am delighted to have secured Joe Skarz, Richard Brindley and Adam Collin, who themselves will help create some further competition for a starting place in my team come the opening day of the season.
“It is not my policy to comment on any of the potential targets other than to distance ourselves from any player that we consistently get linked to via the media if that is appropriate to say so.”
Whilst Evans admitted that meetings have taken place with a number of potential signings, it hasn't halted his search for potential talent. A planned trip to Iceland to look at possible targets will happen this week, whilst also giving the Millers manager the chance to check out the form of Kari Arnason.
“I now have had a number of face-to-face meetings with the players I would like to add to the squad and all bar one of them has now had the opportunity to look round our magnificent stadium and training facilities,” added Evans.
“I will be travelling to Iceland on Friday to talk with a potential target, and at the same time take in Kari Arnason playing for Iceland against Slovenia in a World Cup qualifier.
"In respect of potential new signings I have absolutely no issue with the fact that the players want to talk to other interested clubs, in fact I encourage it. After the players have met with those clubs interested in signing them we will see where the Millers opportunity lies in their thoughts.
“Our recruitment process has been very thorough, and I know at first hand I will be adding players that we sign to a very talented squad that we already have in place. It is really interesting when I read or hear some of the names we have been linked to, but I can say now that if I get the players I want then we can all look forward to an exciting season in League One.
“This Football Club can look forward to some full houses here at the New York Stadium and when you consider our opposition will include the likes of Wolves, Bristol City, Sheffield United, Coventry, Preston and MK Dons it really is something we all look forward to, but at the same time have a very clear objective for what we want to achieve in League One.
“As I said our promotion from League Two was the first part of the journey concluded, but it is time to re-board the train, start the engines and let us Millers move forward with pride.”