Are Rotherham United keen on signing Richie Smallwood, Luke Hyam and Tom Grivosti? Here's your answer

Are Rotherham United keen on signing Richie Smallwood, Luke Hyam and Tom Grivosti? Here's your answer

By Paul Davis | 27/12/2019

Are Rotherham United keen on signing Richie Smallwood, Luke Hyam and Tom Grivosti? Here's your answer
Richie Smallwood. Picture by Lancashire Telegraph

ROTHERHAM United will not be making a move to bring old boy Richie Smallwood back to AESSEAL New York Stadium in the January transfer window.

Neither are they interested in making Southend United midfielder Luke Hyam or young Ross County centre-half Tom Grivosti New Year signings.

All three have been linked with the Millers but the Advertiser understands none of them are among manager Paul Warne's targets.

Rotherham, who moved back into a League One play-off place by winning deep into stoppage time at Shrewsbury Town on Boxing Day, have a lengthy list of possible recruits and intend to strengthen in attack and out wide.

They could also add a new defender to their ranks to bolster their bid for an instant return to the Championship.

Another of their former players, winger Grant Ward, has been in talks about a possible return and a decision is expected shortly.

Smallwood, who turns 29 on Sunday and still lives in Rotherham, was a key man for the Millers between 2014 and 2017 before signing for Championship Blackburn Rovers. Initially, he did well at Ewood Park but has yet to play a league game this season.

Hyam, aged 28, had a brief loan spell at New York in 2015, while Grivosti, 20, is in his second senior season at Ross County, the club from whom the Millers signed midfielder Jamie Lindsay in the summer.

Meanwhile, Rotherham are monitoring the fitness of left-back Joe Mattock and midfielder Ben Wiles as they prepare for Sunday's home clash with Peterborough United.

Wiles missed the victory at New Meadow with an ankle injury while Mattock limped off in time added on.

"Joe has an underlying back problem and hurt his knee in the first half," Warne said. "He is a perfect left-back. I've waxed lyrical about him since I became manager.

"Ben's ankle is sore. We trained before the Shrews game and afterwards he came up to me and said: 'Look, Gaffer, I just don't want to let anyone down. I'm not 100 per cent.'

"He wasn't 100 per cent in the last game (2-2 home draw with Fleetwood Town) but had to play because we had no other bodies.

"That's why I'm a bit upset if people gave him stick during the game. They don't understand. I'm hoping with rest and treatment he might be in the squad for Sunday.

"Wilesy has been brilliant for us. I want him back."

Mattock opened the scoring against Shrewsbury before Michael Smith's 97th-minute winner and Warne said: "For him to score in front of such a good away following - our fans were great - is brilliant for him.

"His granddad will be chuffed he scored. He keeps telling me I should play Joe higher up the pitch."

Lindsay was back in the squad for the trip to the Shrews now that baby son Jaiden is out of hospital and at home again after an illness.

"Jamie's been away for a while. He's a smiley, happy kid so it's good to have him around the place," Warne said. "Obviously, the most important thing is that his son is well."