ROTHERHAM United boss Paul Warne declared himself pleased with today’s pre-season workout against Parkgate as Ipswich pair Josh Emmanuel and Kieffer Moore appeared on the brink of a move to the AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Ipswich chief Mick McCarthy is said to have confirmed defender Emmanuel and striker Moore are coming to South Yorkshire on season-long loans, with January break clauses.
Warne said he was “pretty close” to adding to his squad and was happy with his summer recruitment.
The Millers manager fielded all five of his new signings in the match at Roundwood and saw two of them, David Ball and latest recruit Jamie Proctor, both score twice in a 6-2 win.
The two played up front in the first half, rekindling the fruitful partnership they enjoyed at Fleetwood Town. Anthony Forde and Joe Newell also scored before a different XI was fielded for the second half including former Miller Frazer Richardson.
The part-timers of Parkgate refused to buckle in the hot conditions, keeping Rotherham out after half time. They also scored two good goals in the first period from Danny Harris and Ash Emmett.
Warne said: “It was a good start to the pre-season campaign and a positive environment to play football.
“I was disappointed we didn’t score more goals in the second half but we peppered the goal and to come away injury-free was good.”
Warne expects to have Jerry Yates (groin) and Jon Taylor (hip) available for selection the next week’s training camp in Austria which involves matches against Floridsdorfer AC on Tuesday evening and Hungarian outfit Soproni VSE next Saturday afternoon.
Today’s line-ups – First half: O’Donnell, Fisher, Dom Ball, Ihiekwe, Purrington, Forde, Frecklington, Vaullks, Newell, David Ball, Proctor
Second half: Price, Richardson, Ajayi, Wood, Mattock, Bailey-King, Potter, Williams, Bray, Francis, Clarke-Harris