MANAGER Paul Warne has eased fears that Rotherham United could lose two of their loan stars by revealing he expects Dan Iversen and Dan Barlaser to remain at AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Leicester City goalkeeper Iversen and Newcastle United midfielder Barlaser have played so well in the Millers' climb to the top of League One it has sparked concern Championship clubs could come in for them during this month's transfer window.
However, Warne, who watched his side stretch their winning run to five matches by defeating Bristol Rovers 3-0 at New York on Saturday, believes the duo aren't going anywhere.
"I'd like to think they'll be staying for the rest of the season," he said. "I don't have any reason to think not.
"If I thought they were leaving I'd be in the phone now trying to sign another goalie and a midfielder."
Barlaser has already told the Advertiser he wants to continue his loan spell with Rotherham while Iversen says he is happy playing League One football for the rest of the campaign.
After a poor first half at New York on Saturday, the Millers turned on the style to consolidate their position at the summit of the table with goals from Kyle Vassell, Michael Smith and Chiedozie Ogbene.
"I put a lot down of it down to luck, said Warne, keen to keep his squad's feet on the ground.
"If Bristol had scored at 0-0 the day could have taken a different route. We still weren't as good as I would like in the second half because Bristol had a few chances.
"There were a couple of times when I was waiting for our net to ripple late on so I wouldn't go too crazy about the fact that we won.
"Overall, we deserved to win. Since December, the lads have become more like what we expect them to be like.
"The levels in training have improved and the lads out of the team are desperate to get in. It just keeps pushing standards up. That pleases me as much as anything."