Rotherham United rule out move for League Two hot shot, plus more on the ever changing targets list, Ryan Giles and talks with clubs and agents ... back page stories from this week's Rotherham Advertiser

Rotherham United rule out move for League Two hot shot, plus more on the ever changing targets list, Ryan Giles and talks with clubs and agents ... back page stories from this week's Rotherham Advertiser

By David Beddows | 26/05/2021

Rotherham United rule out move for League Two hot shot, plus more on the ever changing targets list, Ryan Giles and talks with clubs and agents ... back page stories from this week's Rotherham Advertiser
Millers assistant boss Richie Barker.

 

ROTHERHAM United have quashed speculation about a move for League Two goal-getter Paul Mullin as the club continues to refine its summer target list.


The 26-year-old has raised his profile with an eye-catching season for Cambridge United, netting 34 times in 50 league and cup appearances as they won promotion to League One.


The newly crowned League Two Player of the Year, he is out of contract this summer, making him an attractive proposition for clubs like Rotherham.


Although Mullin has been on the Millers' radar, they will not be pursuing him.


Assistant manager Richie Barker said: “Paul Mullin is someone everyone knows a lot about because he is the top scorer in League Two.


“Have we watched him? Yes. Because if we didn't we wouldn't be doing our job.


“At the moment there is nothing for us in terms of interest or moving it forward.


“He is not on our list.”


Barker (right) says the current squad has come to the end of a two-year cycle, with five senior men released and loan players having now returned to their parent clubs.


The Millers are expected to need to bring in around eight new players to shape a group capable of making another promotion challenge back in League One.


Enquiries are being made about potential targets but that might not necessarily lead to definite offers.


“Our list changes daily. Another one was added yesterday,” said Barker.


“You might get a tip-off that a player is suddenly available or that a club is going to sign a player who will free someone else up.


“We have to keep our finger on the pulse and that's why we are constantly speaking to clubs and agents to find out who is available.


“If you set off with half a dozen names, you might make two signings. You might be looking at two or three in each position, anything up to 20 or 30 names.


“I am not saying we have made 20 or 30 enquiries but it may be we have 20 or 30 names on the list and have enquired about between six and ten. 


“Sometimes you have conversations to strike people off the list rather than keep people on them.


“The lower down (the leagues) you go, the more fluid you have to be. It might not be your decision whether that player is available.”


With players on holiday and the dust only just settling on the season, no new arrivals are imminent.


“I would be amazed if someone comes in the next two weeks and very rarely does anyone commit before the end of May,” added Barker.


The Millers face the prospect of losing striker Michael Smith and midfielder Matt Crooks to Championship clubs during the close season, with Smith tipped for a move to Middlesbrough.


There has been no fresh enquiries about either this week.

 

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THE Millers have kept the door open for a New York Stadium return for loan hit Ryan Giles — but admit it is a long shot.

The speedy winger has returned to parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers after making a good impression during a three-month stint at Rotherham despite relegation from the Championship.

With his pace and quick feet, the Millers know Giles would be an even bigger player in League One and, like Middlesbrough loanee Lewis Wing, he is someone they would gladly have back.


But although Giles remains well down the pecking order at Wolves, he looks likely to have options in the Championship next season.


Millers assistant manager Richie Barker said: “I have spoken to Ryan since he left and he really enjoyed his time here. He started really well with his substitute goals and he finished the season really well.


“He suits the way we play and he is someone we think could make us better, but unfortunately there will be Championship interest in him.


“Are we trying to get him back? We'd love to try but sometimes you are banging on a door that is not going to open.


“If Ryan becomes available in August and we have not filled a hole and he makes a genuine noise that he wants to come back, then of course.


“But in fairness to the lad, he wants an opportunity to play at the highest level and I can't fault him for that.”
 


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