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30 August 2017

Rotherham United sign Marek Rodak on loan...

Rotherham United have signed goalkeeper Marek Rodák from Fulham on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The Slovakia international joins the Millers just over a day before the closure of the transfer window after agreeing a deal with the club this afternoon.

Last season he made 21 appearances on loan at Accrington Stanley, and played for Fulham this season in their Carabao Cup victory over Wycombe Wanderers where he kept a clean sheet.

Warne says his latest arrival, who is currently on international duty with Slovakia, will compete with Richard O’Donnell and Lewis Price for a place between the sticks.

"He will come in and compete with the ‘keepers we have here for a place in the side,” Warne confirmed to www.themillers.co.uk

“He has played for Slovakia, so he has a good pedigree and he also did really well in a loan spell with Accrington last season.

“He got rave reviews for his performances last season, and after watching lots of games we really like him. Polly (Mike Pollitt, goalkeeper coach) really likes what he has seen of him, so we are delighted to bring him into the club.

“He is aggressive in that he isn't afraid to come for crosses, he punches well and he will now come in and compete with Lewis Price and Richard O'Donnell for a place in the side.”

Rodák has come through the ranks at Craven Cottage, and also enjoyed a loan spell at Welling earlier in his career.

Warne believes that the 20-year-old has matured in recent seasons, and was particularly impressed with his willingness to travel in order to gain vital first-team experience.

"I liked the fact that he was very keen to get out on loan for experience last season,” he added.

“Some may have been comfortable in that environment at Fulham, living in London, but he chose to go to Accrington and play a couple of leagues down which says a lot about his character.

“He really wants to play and develop his game, and I think his experience last season has given him a taste for more. I spoke to their manager and he said if they had him from the start then they would have possibly got promoted, he did so well for them. He's at good age, he is a good athlete, he's brave and aggressive which is what we want.

"He is currently on international duty with Slovakia so he will come in next week and compete for a place."


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