Rotherham United in talks with Ben Marshall

Rotherham United in talks with Ben Marshall

By Paul Davis | 10/01/2020

Rotherham United in talks with Ben Marshall
Ben Marshall

ROTHERHAM United are ready to give winger Ben Marshall the chance to resurrect his Football League career.

The 28-year-old is a proven talent after playing for clubs like Sheffield Wednesday, Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers, Wolves, Norwich City and Millwall but has been without a side since the summer.

The promotion-chasing Millers have been in talks with the free agent and he could join them after this weekend's League One trip to Oxford United.

"He's of interest to us. I really like him.," confirmed manager Paul Warne who has recalled teenager striker Josh Kayode from his successful loan spell at National League North Gateshead FC.

"Because Ben hasn't been in football for a few months we might be an attractive option to him, to say the least. He is someone I will definitely try to get in. There have been conversations with him."

Manchester-based Marshall, who played 22 times for Championship Millwall last season while on loan from Norwich, would need to work on his physical conditioning before being considered for first-team action.

"He's been out of football for a bit of time so whoever does land him has got to do a bit of fitness work with him," Warne said.

"I don't think he's a signing you could bring in and put straight into the squad. It's a month's job or whatever.

"I will endeavour to get him. If you can get a fit Ben Marshall for the last 10 games of the season that could be the different between going up or not."

Meanwhile, Kayode is heading back from Gateshead so Rotherham can monitor him in training before deciding what the youngster's next move should be.

"There is a lot of interest in JJ and obviously Gateshead want to keep him," Warne said.

"By getting him back for training for a few days, it allows me and the staff to have a look at him and decide where we think he's at.

"He's gone out and played really well three leagues below and been scoring goals.

"I want to see him in and around the lads in training to see if he's come on. He might have come on more than we thought.

"If he has come on as well as we hope he has he might be a great fourth striking option for me.

"In the game last week against Hull City he'd have been ideal to throw on up front on his own. He's so athletic that he might have been able to stretch the play for us.

"I'm going to have a serious look at him and see what is best for his development, whether that's going out on loan again or staying in the building.

"He's looked pretty colossal at Gateshead, to be fair."

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