Millers’ boss Steve Evans expects to bring in around half-a-dozen new faces to AESSEAL New York Stadium this summer but insists the club won’t overspend as they strengthen ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.
Talks are ongoing this week with a number of summer targets as the Millers prepare for their second term in the Sky Bet Championship and Evans is adamant that any deals will be in line with the club’s plans.
“We’re looking at six or seven permanent signings but we’re not going to sign that many if we can only agree terms with five without breaking any structures we’ve got either financially or what we want to do with the squad,” he explained.
“Of course everyone understands that when you’re Rotherham United and you go into the Championship level it’s fantastic for us all, but the task gets harder for Paul Douglas in terms of getting players over the line and agreeing the finances.”
The Millers were active in the loan market last year securing the likes of Emi Martinez, Jack Hunt and Danny Lafferty on temporary deals but Evans is keen to ensure the bulk of his squad are contracted to Rotherham United next term.
“We want permanent signings in the main, we recognise that we brought in too many loan signings last season but sometimes you have to bring them in to cover for injury or just to make us stronger and I think the loan players that came in from January onwards all played a key part.
“In terms of loan signings we’ll ask the questions about the players that will still feel can play a big part on top of what we’ve built as we approach the start of the season.”
Evans also believes that his first piece of business won’t be far away and predicts a busy month ahead of the players returning for pre-season training:
“We still expect the majority of our signings to happen in the month of June. Our first day back is the 30th June which is almost five weeks of work away. Within that time period I will talk to the players about where and how I see them playing."