ROTHERHAM United's Curtis Tilt could still join Wigan Athletic in this month's transfer window despite the Millers today recalling him from his loan spell.
The club brought back the centre-half from their League One promotion rivals 24 hours before tomorrow's January 15th cut-off point.
Wigan have made bids for Tilt but they have been rejected by table-topping Rotherham who paid £100,000 to sign him from Blackpool two years ago.
"The deadline to recall him was this Saturday," manager Paul Warne said. "We can now re-evaluate things and see where we go from here.
"There's a chance he could go to Wigan permanently. If another offer came in that met the chairman's approval, then yeah.
"The options are, he could play for us or his career could be somewhere else.
"Now he's in our building, we have control of the situation. Had we left it until after the 15th, we'd have had no control. He's our player and the club have control over his destiny."
Tilt, aged 30, has made only one appearance for the Millers and would like continue playing at the DW Stadium where has has already had two previous loan spells.
"He is understandably a bit emotional at the moment," Warne said. "We have had a couple of conversations. Whether Wigan attempt to buy him, I don't know.
"If he is going to stay here then I will use him. I'm not stupid. If he is in the best three centre-halves, he will play.
"I can't honestly say where his future lies, whether it will be at Wigan or whether he will be pushing my players out of the way to get in the team here.
"He has been in the building only a day. We will know in the next couple of weeks. It could honestly go in any direction."