Promotion winners look to profit from United spirit

By David Beddows | 12/06/2018

Promotion winners look to profit from United spirit
Togetherness...after the play-off final win over Shrewsbury Town at Wembley.

THE willingness of Rotherham United's players to go the extra mile for the club will not change in the more challenging environment of the Championship.

That's the view of first team coach Matt Hamshaw, part of the management team which has fostered the good dressing room atmosphere that served the Millers so well last season.

The players' resilience and spirit is sure to be tested by better and stronger sides in the second tier but while accepting reinforcements are needed, Hamshaw says having a united camp will stand Rotherham in good stead.

"We want to strengthen in certain areas but that won't massively effect us because a lot of our group are still together," he said. "I think keeping this group together will be worth some points because they will run through brick walls for us and I think they will do that again next season."

As reported in the Advertiser on Friday, the Millers are monitoring Norwich City pair Sean Raggett and Ben Godfrey.

Midfielder Godfrey (20) did well on loan at Shrewsbury last season, turning out more than 50 times, including an appearance against Rotherham in the League One play-off final.

Centre-half Raggett (25) spent the first half of last term at League Two promotion chasers Lincoln and featured in Norwich's final two games of the campaign.

New deal...for Ben Wiles, pictured here in action against Chesterfield last season.

There could still be a wait until the transfer market properly gets moving before new faces in. Whether or not the loan trio of Marek Rodak, Josh Emmanuel and Richie Towell return to the AESSEAL New York Stadium will also influence planning.

Further loans remain an option but as Hamshaw acknowledged, getting targets out of their clubs on temporary deals is never straight-forward.

"It is always difficult with loan players. Some managers come in and see if they're at the level and send them out (on loan) again, or they might not see them as getting in their team and decide to sell them. It is down to individual clubs."

He added: "Hopefully we can get the players that we want; we have been lucky in being able to do that previously. We have had talks and we're in discussions."

New deals have been struck with two of the club's younger players.

Defender Akeem Hinds has been handed a one-year professional deal following the conclusion of his scholarship and midfielder Ben Wiles, from Rawmarsh, has signed a one-year extension.

Rotherham will feature in the first round draw of the Carabao Cup on Friday (10.45am)

The draw is again being held overseas, this time in Vietnam, as part of the EFL's efforts to increase the popularity of the competition in other countries.

Live text coverage will be available on the Carabao Cup twitter feed and at EFL.com


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