ROTHERHAM United will learn by the end of this week whether they have managed to hang on to loan star Dan Barlaser.
The midfield playmaker, from top-flight Newcastle United, was a major figure in the Millers’ promotion push until the coronavirus pandemic brought a suspension of their League One campaign in March.
Rotherham are keen to keep the 23-year-old in case the season is allowed to resume but his loan is due to expire in the next few days.
“It needs to be resolved by the end of the week,” manager Paul Warne said “We’re in consultations over that.
“I hope he stays. My fear is Premier League clubs will decide to take all their loan players back and keep them in house.
“Newcastle are having meetings. The fact that they are being taken over isn’t helping make things very clear and the person we deal with, their loan manager (Shola Ameobi), has been furloughed so that’s making it difficult to get answers at the moment.”
The Millers have three other players on loan - goalkeeper Dan Iversen and wingers Hakeeb Adelakun and Josh Koroma - but their agreements run until the end of May so there is no rush for answers from their parent clubs, Leicester City, Bristol City and Huddersfield Town respectively.
“We’ll know more about the league by the end of the month and we’ll deal with those three then,” Warne said. “There’s no drama about them.”
Rotherham have three of their own players out on loan - striker Jerry Yates at Swindon Town, centre-forward Josh Kayode at Carlisle United and winger Julien Lamy at AFC Wimbledon - and are in discussions with all three of those clubs.
The Millers are happy to let the trio remain where they are if the season restarts in the near future.