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READ | Warne assessing loan options as Millers await conclusion of 2019/20 Premier League and Championship fixtures

7 July 2020

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne believes getting his loan recruitment right will be key for his side in their 2020/21 Sky Bet Championship campaign, but concedes that doing so could be even more difficult than in previous seasons with the top two divisions of English football still in action.

Warne and his recruitment staff are currently busy identifying targets having already added Mickel Miller as their first signing of the summer, but with the window closed at present the Millers manager says there aren’t any deals close to being over the proverbial line.

"We don't have anything bubbling away as in we're going to definitively sign a player tomorrow,” he told

"We want to get all of our signings right, but our loan additions will be really important this year. They are the ones we're trying to make decisions on at the moment.”

With Premier League and Sky Bet Championship clubs still in 2019/20 action, Warne is deliberating whether to play the waiting game to secure his priority targets or to move on to others more readily available for an earlier arrival with his current group.

"Potentially if we are loaning a player from a top Championship team or a Premier League team, they won't be finishing for another three or four weeks,” he added.

“They might not back into pre-season until the middle of August so it might be then before they know whether they can release them to us.

"That is a bit of a blow in terms of loan recruitment. It is whether we hang out for who we want or do we react to the ones that are available sooner.

"That is our usual dilemma, which is possibly intensified a little bit this year.”

The Millers boss is still keen to add to his group ahead of the new campaign but insists there is no rush at present while the window remains closed with fixtures in the upper echelons of the football pyramid yet to reach a conclusion.

"We definitely need to strengthen our squad as best we can but as always, we just want the right people for our great club,” Warne continued.

"We've still got a few decisions to make on a few and we have the usual transfer window problems in that, if you're loaning players, the process for that could be even longer this year.”

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