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20 March 2019

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Paul Warne talks to iFollow Millers...

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne says a week without a Saturday fixture as a result of the international break has provided him with the ‘perfect opportunity’ to take a look at a couple of trialists at the club’s training base at Roundwood.

The Millers manager told iFollow Millers that he currently has two trialists on the books, who he will assess in training and the reserve game at Port Vale on Wednesday afternoon, with the international weekend providing the ideal environment for the pair to impress without the pressures of preparing for a second tier fixture on Saturday.

“It's a perfect opportunity for a trialist to come in this week because the pressure keg isn't so great,” Warne explained.

“I don't really want a trialist joining in on a Thursday when we're preparing for a game; it's not really an environment for it.

“I'm having a look at these two and see if it's a possibility, but if it isn't there's no harm. It's a perfect week to come in.”

Warne continued to add more detail on the duo who have joined up with the Millers first team squad this week, but largely kept his cards close to his chest on their identities.

“I don't know what I can tell you about them, but it's not unofficial. I've got a goalkeeper in and a French winger, who's pretty rapid,” he explained.

“I'm just having a look at them with the potential for the summer, I know we're going through the recruitment interviews at the moment and hopefully we can have someone in place by the end of the week.

“I'm spreading the net a little bit wider this summer, I think.

“These are players that we've watched, so it could be something and it could be nothing.”

The trialists have had the chance to be even more involved than would normally be possible this week, with Semi Ajayi, Will Vaulks and Marek Rodak all away from the club on international duty.

Warne concluded by reiterating that now is as good a time as any to be at the club on trial, before explaining that Wednesday’s reserve game at Vale Park will mark Darren Potter’s first game back following a lengthy lay-off through injury.

“Some of the pros will go [to the reserve game] and Pottsy is having his comeback game at Port Vale,” he added.

“Obviously we haven't got Will because he's pretending that Gareth Bale wants to speak to him. 

“We haven't got Semi, he's practicing his dance moves and Marek has gone away, so it's a perfect opportunity to have a look at a couple of people and the agents I know pretty well and I quite like them.”


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