Millers look to step up transfer dealings

By Joe Cawthorn | 02/06/2017 0 comments

Millers look to step up transfer dealings

ROTHERHAM United are hoping to step up their bid for new signings once players and managers return from their holidays.

The Millers have secured one new signing, centre back Michael Ihiekwe from Tranmere Rovers, and tied three out-of-contract players down to new deals since last season ended.

But assistant boss Richie Barker says it is not through a lack of trying that deals haven't been concluded, and he expects more movement over the coming week.

New signing Michael Ihiekwe

He told the Advertiser: "Ideally, would we have liked to have someone over the line by now? Of course.

"But I keep my eyes on certain websites and TV stations and I don't see that many signings taking place. Are we too different to anyone else? I don't think we are.

"I think in the next week to ten days there will be more transfer activity. I know I keep saying that but it's the school holidays and players and managers are away, not a lot will happen until they come home.

"Hopefully by the middle of next week things will be hotting up both within our club and at others and it means more decisions have been made and people commit, meaning we're a little more aware of where we are."

READ: Thompson and Semedo not in line to join Millers

Last season's top-scorer Danny Ward is no closer to the exit door, which could be holding up other potential moves, while strike partner Dexter Blackstock is expected back for pre-season training with the rest of the squad.

Barker added: "Ward's had conversations with people higher in the pecking order at the club, but as far as I'm aware there's no timeline in terms of him expecting to leave, certainly in the next few days.

Dexter Blackstock in action for the Millers

"Dexter obviously didn't play a lot of football last season, especially towards the end. Whether that was down to him or Warney I don't know, but that's not something that will resolve itself quickly.

"I can't see a change in his situation anytime soon, he's on a two year contract and I might be wrong, but as far as I'm aware he'll be back in pre-season."

See today’s Advertiser for the latest on Irish striker Sean Maguire and the five contracted players the Advertiser believes will be the difference between success and failure next season.

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