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READ | Warne's Deadline Day update

31 January 2019

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne sat down with iFollow Millers at around 3pm to discuss where the Millers are at on Deadline Day.

Here is what he had to say...

 

It's all hands on deck today here at AESSEAL New York Stadium, how likely are the Millers to make any additions before the closure of the January transfer window?

“I don't know how it's going to go over the next few hours.

“You've just witnessed me take a phone call with some bad news. It's been difficult for us this window because the players we're trying to get in have to be affordale, available and want to come.

“There are a lot of things you have got to get right.

“As it stands, we've got Crooksy in and we haven't lost anyone which is really positive for us but I really wanted to strengthen and get some fresh blood in.

“I think we need some help and my recruitment team are still confident of getting someone over the line by the end of play and I have full confidence and belief in them, so we'll spend the next few hours discussing and trying to make that happen.

Warne on potential arrivals

“Some of the ones that I wanted that I thought would buy into what we've got and play the way that we want to play have been cherry picked by other clubs. Unfortunately we've lost a few battles here and there but I think if it's meant to be, it's meant to be.

“We got Crooksy in but we really need a couple of fresh legs I think.”

Is there any chance that a deal that doesn’t even exist at this moment could happen late on, like when Richie Towell joined from Brighton on loan last season with the agreement not being struck until 15 minutes before the deadline?

“Anything is a possibility and anything could happen. We could end up signing anyone to improve us.

“My experience in these windows, is that more often than not you want business done by this day but especially in this league you're talking massive amounts of money and it goes down to the wire.

“It's a little bit of a waiting game with one of the players at least and I'm not sure if there is a deal to be done ahead of us to allow us to move on.

Warne on potential for a late deal

“That's the frustrating part.

“Realistically, if we're going to loan players, we'll be loaning from the Championship and I haven't been shown any really good ones who could help us from the Premier League. The bottom six clubs [in this league] don't want to loan to us so we're limited to the ones above.

“The League One clubs who are doing really well and the lads are playing every week don't want to sell us their players for obvious reasons and they're definitely not going to loan them to us.

“It is a tough window for us. I'm still really hopeful that I can have another smiling face with me on the bus tomorrow.”

On the spin side of things, even if nobody new comes in, you mentioned earlier in the window that you’d be pleased to retain the current group, is that still the case?

“I will be [in a good place] but I don't know whether the fans will be because everyone likes the excitement of a transfer window.

“Everyone likes refreshing Twitter or Instagram or whatever it's called to see the excitement of someone coming in. I understand that and me and my staff have been looking ourselves when we came in from training.

“I understand what the fans want, they want to see new faces but from my point of view, I only want to bring in players who are going to play. There's no point me strengthening my squad, it isn't about that now. It's about strengthening my XI which will in turn do that anyway.

Warne on criteria for new additions

“We just have to keep working to get one over the line in the next few hours.

“We work diligently all the time, my coaches are working hard and my players are giving everything and it would be a boost if we get someone else in but I'm a half full sort of guy, and after this weekend, apart from Procs, I should really have a full group to select from.”

Is there any chance that any players could leave the club in this window, either permanently or on loan?

“We might be able to let one of the ones on the periphery go out if they want to but another couple that are keen to go can only leave if I get better replacements in.

Warne on potential outgoings

“If that isn't the case then they'll stay for the benefit of everyone, which is fine and they understand that.

“I've been really open and transparent with the lads and I spoke to them again this morning as a group and explained what I was looking to bring in and why.”

 

You can watch his interview here for FREE on iFollow Millers.

 


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