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READ | Promotion group will be given Championship chance - Hamshaw

8 June 2018

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The squad that earned promotion from League One will be given an opportunity to shine in The Championship, says first-team/development coach Matthew Hamshaw.

The Millers made an instant return to the second tier after defeating Shrewsbury Town in the League One Play-off Final at Wembley last month.

With the promotion now almost a fortnight ago, the focus for the first-team staff is again fully focused on recruitment, but Hamshaw insists the group that brought Championship football back to Rotherham against the odds will be given the opportunity to prove themselves in the second tier.

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“We want to give these lads an opportunity,” Hamshaw told

“We do believe that there are lads here that can play in The Championship, and there are always lads that will raise their game when they get to the level.

"The vast majority are a young age, we believe there is progression in a lot of them. We know we need some additions, but we believe in this group and we want them to have the opportunity in The Championship.”

With boss Paul Warne due for a return from a well-earned break, the Millers’ recruitment drive will step up after months of planning behind the scenes.

Despite taking the opportunity for a rare break, Warne and assistant Richie Barker have kept daily contact with their transfer progress.

Hamshaw is confident that the extended season due to the Play-offs won’t hamper their progress, with deals progressing throughout May and the early part of June.

“The process of recruiting has been underway for a long time now, it is now just making sure we get the right people who will add to what we have got,” he added.

“We are in regular contact every day regarding everything at the club. I have been in Marseille on my Pro Licence, Warney and Richie are on holiday, but every day we have spoken to one another about recruitment, pre-season etc.

“We are advanced in some aspects but we all know when you feel a deal is going to be done, there is always the prospect of something else cropping up. We are still early in the process, the process was ongoing throughout the Play-offs, so we not behind in that respect. We would like to think that in the next two to three weeks we'll have some players through the door.”

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