ROTHERHAM United have extended the hunt for new talent to Europe as they wait for the ‘promotion or no promotion’ verdict on their League One campaign.
The EFL are holding a series of meetings this week and an announcement that the season is being called off early because of the coronavirus pandemic could come by the weekend.
Clubs would then vote on promotion and relegation issues, with the Millers hoping they go up to the Championship as they were in second place in the table with only nine games left to play when football was suspended two months ago.
Whatever division Rotherham find themselves in when the sport eventually resumes, they intend to bring in players from the continent.
“We’re trying to recruit,” manager Paul Warne confirmed. “We’re speaking to agents and watching footage of a lot of players in Austria and Germany.
“The difference between us being in the Championship and League One is that we pay a lot more in the Champ and are a more attractive option to players. You can get a better player.
“At the moment we don’t know what league we’re going to be in and that is a problem for planning.”
The Millers are also checking out at least one potential target in Holland.
Some teams want the League One season to be played to its conclusion but most people expect the EFL to rule to end it now so that clubs — who are losing money because of the lack of match income — aren’t in limbo any longer and can plan for the future.
“I’m glad we’re finally going to get some clarity,” Warne said. “I never thought League One would come back, although we’ve prepared for every eventuality.
“Even if this week we just find out we’re definitely not coming back and the promotion decision has to wait, that’s fine. Then we can reduce the training for the lads and give them some time off.
“If we are given a date to come back, even if has to be behind closed doors, we can start sorting our pre-season schedule and arranging some friendlies, which would be great. If the season ended this week it would be brilliant because it wouldn’t half help with our ‘prep’.”
If the season is declared over, options include allowing current positions to stand and awarding promotion on ‘sporting merit’, deciding promotion and relegation on a points-per-game basis or voiding the entire third-tier campaign and leaving teams where they are.
Warne believes the Millers deserve to go up.
“We’ve played the majority of our games and are in an automatic position, but no-one knows yet if promotions are going to happen,” he said.
“It feels like when I did my degree. You do your dissertation and think that’s quite good, you do your exam and think that’s quite good, but until you get your results you just don’t know."