Rotherham United chief targets eight new players for Championship assault

Rotherham United chief targets eight new players for Championship assault

By David Beddows | 18/06/2020

Rotherham United chief targets eight new players for Championship assault


ROTHERHAM United start planning for the Championship in earnest today, with manager Paul Warne aiming to bolster his squad with up to eight new players.

Warne will meet with chairman Tony Stewart to lay out plans to shape a squad fit to give the club a fighting chance in the second tier.

With the new season not due to start until the end of August at the earliest, the Millers have more time to get reinforcements.


Wide positions are one of the priorities and Warne and his staff are casting the net as far as Europe and, after today's technical board meeting, they hope to push on with the chairman's blessing.

“We will discuss how many players we are going to have, where we see the weaknesses and where we need to strengthen and whether we have permission to go and speak to those targets,” said Warne.

“We want to bring in seven or eight possibly because you have to consider our loan players from last season have now returned to their clubs. 

“You also have to legislate for the fact that if you get an injury in pre-season then you have to go back and ask permission to sign another player.

“It might be, if any of our prize assets get pulled away, we have to replace them as well.

Dan Barlaser...made a good impression this season on loan at the NYS.

“I must have watched about 60 wingers now in full matches,” added Warne.

“I have watched no end of football, as have Matt Hamshaw, Richie Barker and  (head of recruitment) Rob Scott.
“We like a midfielder in the French League and a winger in the German League. It isn't easy signing players anyway but trying to encourage them to come from abroad is even harder at times.

“But as a club, if we are to take the next step then we have to look further afield really.”

Although loan duo Daniel Iversen and Dan Barlaser are both back at Leicester City and Newcastle Unied respectively, the Millers haven't  given up hope of having them on board next term.

“In fairness to Dan it has always been his dream to play for Newcastle and I'm not a dream wrecker,” said Warne.

“If he does then I will be over the moon for him but if that opportunity doesn't come then we will have a very good chance of getting him back. He's a good kid, an amazing kid, and he's done really well for us this year. The lads love him. 

“It was the same when we had  goalkeeper Marek Rodak here on loan. We got him back for a second season and he did well again and has gone on and had an amazing season for Fulham this year.

“If we had the opportunity to get Dan Iversen back then I would do the same again.”

Rotherham's retained list has to be out by June 23, with decisions to be made over out-of-contract goalkeepers Lewis Price and Laurence Bilboe, defender Billy Jones and winger Julien Lamy.

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