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READ | Barker pleased with early progress, as Millers close in on first signing

17 May 2019

Assistant boss Richie Barker has revealed progress is being made on potential incomings, stating the Millers have made significant headway over one target in the last 48 hours.

The Millers revealed on Wednesday five players are set to depart the AESSEAL New York Stadium at the end of their contracts, whilst four others are in discussions about their future with the club.

With four loanees also officially re-joining their parent clubs, the Millers are anticipating a busy summer of recruitment ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

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Speaking to, Barker confirmed the staff are pleased with the early progress, and whilst not expecting an avalanche of activity until next month at the earliest, he revealed one particular deal is close to completion.

Barker said: “I know over the last 48 hours we have had a very constructive conversation with one individual which could see us get a loan signing over the line within the next week. That would be quite nice just to get something in early.

“That said, I'm sure it will not have gone unnoticed that no-one has really signed anyone yet. The Play-offs are still ongoing, contracts haven't run out yet so there generally isn't much activity at this stage. If we can get one through the door before the end of the month, then that would be a bonus.”

Barker has been heavily involved in the recruitment discussions, alongside boss Paul Warne and the recruitment team headed up by Rob Scott.

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The 43-year-old, who had two spells as a player before returning to the club as Warne’s assistant, explained the early signs are positive on a number of fronts, with the former striker indicating the Millers are not far away in current conversations with their intended targets.

He added: “We are pleased with progress made so far, although until deals are actually over the line and the player walks through the door and signs, nothing is guaranteed.

“In terms of the progress we are making, there are quite a few things that are relatively close. We are positive from the fact we are having conversations and people want to come here.

“The discussions we had regarding contract offers, our targets seem quite happy with them so at the moment we are pleased with the way things are shaping up.”

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