ROTHERHAM United look to have won their battle to hang on to star of pre-season Kyle Vassell.
The striker has been in superb form in the summer friendlies and was wanted by League Two Salford City.
But manager Paul Warne believes the 26-year-old frontman, who has two years left on his contract, will be staying at AESSEAL New York Stadium
"I expect him to be here at the start of the season, definitely," the boss said."Salford have been interested in loads of strikers, to be fair. I don't foresee him going there."
Vassell endured a frustrating first year with the Millers, first being played out of position on the wing and then suffering a groin injury.
But he has been Rotherham's leading scorer in pre-season to force his way into the frame for a League One opening-day start at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
"I think Vass has started every game in pre-season," Warne said. "I wouldn't be giving him all those starts if I thought he was going to Salford or to anywhere.
"Of all my strikers, he played the longest amount of time against Leicester City in our final warm-up match. Why would I give him that much game-time if he wasn't going to be here?"