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READ | Warne's Zoom conference press highlights following 'pre-season' return

13 July 2020

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Paul Warne held a press conference for local journalists over video call on Zoom following his side's return to 'pre-season' training recently.

On the agenda for discussion was the landscape on the current recruitment situation, the likelihood of any 2019/20 loanees returning for the new season, injury updates on Michael Ihiekwe and Clark Robertson and some news on an operation for defender Curtis Tilt.

Click here to view highlights from the video conference on iFollow Millers.

 

Warne on current recruitment situation...

"We're working to a frugal one [parameter].

"I'd never take a decision that would cause us financial problems. We are trying to get players in to improve what we've already got and we're trying to treat the Chairman's money like it is our own - anyone that knows me knows that I look after it as best I can!

"Hopefully in a few weeks time we'll know a bit more and if the crowds are allowed back in and that. Obviously going into the Championship you get an injection of income from the League which will help us."

 

Warne on importance of loan market for 2020/21 campaign...

"I think it will be imperative but then it is for every team in virtually every league now.

"I think you can see the teams who have done well this year - like Coventry who did well in the loan market - our loans played a big part.

"It is just a good way to get a player in without the cost, that is the truth of it. 

"The Premier League pick up all of the best players around the country now and hoard them to a certain extent and loan them out for a bit of development.

"We need to strengthen our team quite obviously, there is no disputing that. We need competition for places. There are going to be a lot of Saturday and Tuesday combination matches this year, meaning there will be a lot of demand. 

"That puts more demand on our recruitment team and ourselves to get the best people in."

 

Warne on whether any of the 2019/20 loanees could return next season...

"There is a good chance as much as there is a bad chance.

"It's 50/50 on all of them really in the same way that when we went up before I managed to keep Marek [Rodak] and Richie Towell. 

"I would like to keep a couple or three of them if I could. They understand how we play and what we do and that is a massive boost for us.

"It is the parent clubs who decide where they go and not me unfortunately. We can ask the question and they can ask us to be patient, but I don't know any more than that. We've put in requests to re-sign a couple or three of them but we'll just have to wait."

 

Warne on likelihood of Billy Jones and Lewis Price penning new deals with the club...

"It isn't a complicated chat really. They're both brilliant lads and brilliant in my dressing room, which is essential.

"Although they didn't play a great part last year - Billy had a couple of injuries and Dan [Iversen's] form kept Pricey out of the team - what they do away from the pitch on a Saturday is a massive part to our success.

"I want to keep them both in and that's what I'm trying to do but I think it looks like it's virtually done"

 

Warne on current 'pre-season' plans with no set start date for 2020/21 season in place...

"We feel like we have to get up to speed because all the Championship players are playing currently.

"I appreciate that they might not have long when the season ends, but our job is to get our players fit, resilient and get them understanding our systems.

"We need to get two or three different ways of playing for the new season, it would be naive of us to think that we can only have one way of playing.

"The lads need to know about them. We can't open the classroom at the moment because of COVID-19 but we are trying to get them up to physical speed.

"We're trying to use as much time as we can because it is evident with the games in the Premier League and the Championship at the moment that the lads playing are picking up quite a few soft tissue injuries because they have been kind of 'microwaved' fit.

"We're allowing our group to get fit but not as quickly."

 

Warne on Michael Ihiekwe and Clark Robertson, who were both injured when fixtures were suspended back in March...

"Icky has had no ill effects from his knee, which is good news.

"Robbo has had no ill effects from his broken foot which is also good news.

"Tilty and Procs have had operations so we won't see them any time soon. They'll be out for months but everybody else is good."

 

Warne on Curtis Tilt operation...

"Tilty has had an op on his hip. It is a bit like Andy Murray's injury. 

"He will be out until October."


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