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Millers will demand value for money, says Douglas

1 June 2015

Rotherham United Chief Operating Officer Paul Douglas insists that the Millers’ summer recruitment policy will demand value for money from any new signings that put pen to paper at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Talks are ongoing with a number of Steve Evans’ targets after positive conversations were held over the past fortnight but Douglas believes nothing is set in stone after the first round of meetings.

“As soon as the season ends people start releasing players and it’s time for us like every other club to start looking at what the squad will look like for next year,” he explained.

“We’ve had a few conversations but nothing at the minute that suggests we’re near to signing anyone, but at the same time we’re near enough that over the next few days and weeks I’m sure we’ll have some news to announce.”

The Millers are amongst a number of clubs that are yet to make their first addition, something Douglas attributes to the nature of the market at this stage of the summer.

“The market changes and the summer starts off very much as a sellers’ market and players are very confident with their agents telling them that this club and that club are interested in them.

“As the summer progresses and it gets to the time near to when they come back for pre-season training they suddenly get a little bit of a reality check.”

The Millers’ Chief Operating Officer continued to explain that the club will only sign players that will give them ‘value for money’ and won’t be rushed into any business as they begin preparations for the 2015/16 campaign.

“We’re in no rush to jump in and start doing deals at values that don’t suit us. Our mantra this summer is going to be about value for money. The players that we sign are going to strengthen us but at a price we can afford that’s sustainable.

“We’ve put some offers out there but at the same time they won’t be there for long. We don’t allow ourselves to be hanging out there on a string. Players know that they can come back and negotiate but we won’t hang about because before you know it you’re getting played off against somebody else.

“It’s early and in the past we’ve done business early but we’re taking a considered approach this season because it’s going to be very important as we’ve got a tough season ahead but we’ve got our strategy in place and we’re confident."

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