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READ | Warne awaiting feedback from summer transfer targets as trialist 'keeper continues with Millers

3 August 2020

With the summer transfer window open and Paul Warne keen to assemble his squad at the earliest possibility ahead of the 2020/21 Sky Bet Championship season, the Millers are looking to step up their recruitment drive with Rob Scott and his team constantly in touch with the first team staff to suggest potential additions.

The Millers boss spoke to iFollow Millers on Friday morning and revealed that the club are awaiting a response on a bid made for a player, while also adding that he is expecting feedback from a number of meetings with players via video call about the possibility of becoming Rotherham United players.

The transfer landscape has been made that little bit more tricky to navigate following the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, but Warne is clear in his mind about where and how he wants to strengthen his group ahead of the new season.

"It is difficult, which is the nicest way to put it,” he explained.

"I have been offered players who I've thought 'I'd have taken him last year and maybe he could do something for us' but that isn't what you want. No disrespect, but we want the ones that we know are definitely going to play or at least compete.

"We have a bid out for a player that we're waiting for something to come back on.

"We've got a few targets. We're trying to get in at least one more striker, maybe two. We're trying to get in another winger, which looks reasonably close.

"We're desperate to get in a number one goalkeeper and we need another central midfielder.”

Warne, who is always keen to ensure that he doesn’t undersell the demands of what it means to play for the badge here at Rotherham United, has been carrying out investigative work via Zoom on potential new recruits over recent days and is hopeful of hearing back from those in question in the coming days.

"I always like the lads to have some downtime to give it some real thought because to come and play for us is a big ask,” he reaffirmed.

“I've done that again and I'll wait until for some feedback that we're a lot closer to getting targets.

"We have really good options but there's no point saying that and at the start of the season not having any players.

"Things are always floating along, but if I now told you off-camera who we are going for, next week I might tell you unfortunately that one went to Swansea, another to Forest and he's gone to live back in Australia which if you get weather like this [Friday’s 30 degree-plus] I wouldn't blame him.

"I think we're being really competitive [in the market] as best we can.”

Meanwhile, the club are continuing to allow a trialist goalkeeper to train with the first team but Warne - who is well-aware that the number one spot is yet to be filled – insists that all parties are happy to see how the informal arrangement plays out without any immediate pressure.

"We're very short. We've gone from having four keepers [including youth players], to having one fit keeper and Woggy [Andy Warrington] at the moment,” he continued.

"The fit 'keeper is the trialist. He's one of Woggy's mates. He's settled in really well. He's a really good kid and I really like him but we'll have to see how that progresses.

"I've said he can train in here while he looks at options and it might be that later down the road he's an option for us.

"At the moment it's a pretty honest relationship, he comes in and trains and at the moment the two young 'keepers are injured so it is only him and Woggy.”


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