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READ | Barker confirms bids for several targets

30 May 2019

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Rotherham United assistant manager Richie Barker has confirmed bids have been made for potential new arrivals as the club look to step up their summer recruitment drive.

The Millers have already secured the services of Norwich City striker Carlton Morris on a one-year loan, as Paul Warne and his staff aim to bolster their ranks ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

Barker previously admitted this summer’s recruitment will be the biggest turnaround during Warne’s tenure, as the Millers look to refresh a squad which has performed admirably over a two-year period.

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Alongside the recruitment team, Warne and his staff have identified a number of possible additions, with Barker revealing further offers have been tabled as the Millers look to step up the recruitment drive.

Barker informed “I'd say we've had half-a-dozen conversations with players who are available, and we have submitted offers for a similar number of others who are contracted to other clubs. We're expecting feedback on them on a daily basis really.”

The 43-year-old says there is still plenty of work ahead regarding the chosen targets, with the former striker admitting the market is still within a post-season lull, with few deals confirmed around the EFL.

But the early signs are positive for the staff, with Barker expecting things to pick up throughout next week and beyond.

He added: “We are still inside what is notoriously a slow period in terms of deals. There are still players and agents away on holiday, especially as it is half-term. Most people will generally recognise that throughout the leagues, it is pretty slow going at the minute.

“Not a lot has happened at any club really, some of which is a result of the play-offs only coming to an end last weekend. With the play-offs done and dusted, and half-term finishing at the end of the week, we'll hopefully see some of the dozen or so conversations start to bear fruit.”

Earlier today, Barker confirmed there are no further discussions planned with Jon Taylor and Ryan Williams, albeit the offers to stay still remain.

He also confirmed fresh offers were made to Joe Newell and Anthony Forde last week, with decisions due shortly from the pair.

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