Paul Warne talks to www.themillers.co.uk...
Strikers have always been at the top of Paul Warne’s summer shopping list, and he expects them all to bring something different to the table.
Warne has long since spoken about adding what he described as a ‘number 9’, and with the arrival of Jamie Proctor this week, the Millers boss has ticked another box in his close season recruitment drive.
Last season the Millers were arguably light in the forwards department, but Warne has moved swiftly to plug the gaps with the likes of David Ball and Proctor putting pen-to-paper, whilst Jonson Clarke-Harris and Jerry Yates have both penned contract extensions.
With five senior strikers now on the books, plus Warne’s desire to add one more, the former striker believes he has hit the right balance in his attacking department.
“When I signed Jamie Proctor, straight away I knew he was a different type to say a Jono (Jonson Clarke-Harris),” Warne told www.themillers.co.uk
“I don't want to sign five strikers who are all exactly the same. I think he'll give us something different.
"With the signings that I have made this summer I think that I have brought in a lot of athletic players. I do like a physical presence. I also do like to think I have got players who will relish the fight on a cold Tuesday night. I would still like someone else up top that can bring goals but also be a complete nuisance to the back four.”
With next season’s playing jigsaw almost in place, Warne knows he now must ensure that his firepower is correctly serviced.
The likes of Anthony Forde, Joe Newell and Jon Taylor have all excelled at League One level, whilst new signing Ryan Williams is an added creative spark.
Warne belives that his current midfield have the ability to feed his new look strike force, and he is excited at his attacking potential.
“I think that with the artillery we have in the middle of the park and out wide, I really think that there's goals in the team,” he added.
“We have got good players who can cross a ball at this club, so I want players who will attack it in the final third. I think we have gone some way to getting that now.”