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READ | News on first of summer signings imminent – Warne

22 May 2019

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Rotherham United boss Paul Warne has revealed that news of the club’s first signing of the summer transfer window could be imminently on the horizon.

After assistant manager Richie Barker suggested in an interview last week that the club were nearing completion of a loan signing, the first team boss has provided with an update, stating that deal is now even closer to reaching an announcement.

Warne continued to explain that the news of the club’s first 2019/20 signings could be just around the corner, pointing towards the influence of Chairman Tony Stewart’s backing as a key factor in completing the early deal.

“I think getting someone in early is a good statement and if we do, it will be as a result of the great support from our Chairman,” he explained.

“If you'd have asked me the question yesterday about whether I had players coming in, I would have said yes but obviously you can't name them, it sounds like we are now very close to being able to do that with our first addition.

“As you'll see with most of the clubs in May, it can be quiet on the signing front and nothing really happens.

"The fact that we look like we've got one coming through the door, gives us a real positive start to the summer.

Paul Warne, Manager

“Hopefully there will be some really exciting names appearing in the next few weeks.”

The Millers boss added that he is hopeful an early arrival can spark more potential recruits to follow suit in pledging their allegiances earlier rather than later, and admits efforts remain ongoing to add to his squad on a daily basis.

“I think it might encourage other lads to come because they know that we're going to go into the league and have a right go, like we did last season,” Warne continued.

“With all of the above considered, it looks like a good start to the summer recruitment.

“I can see us signing about seven or eight players this summer, so we're going to have to strengthen out wide, up top and in another couple of areas.

“We're doing everything we can. We're on the phone all the time, we're meeting people and we're trying to get them over the line.”

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