ROTHERHAM United are ready to take the next step in their bid to make Will Grigg part of their Championship squad next season.
Manager Paul Warne has already told the centre-forward who spent the League One promotion campaign on loan with the Millers that he will try to sign him on a permanent basis.
Now the boss will speak with the player’s representative in a bid to bring a potential deal closer.
Grigg, who is out of contract with parent club Sunderland and certain to leave the Stadium of Light, became a key man for Rotherham before a torn hamstring that required surgery ended his involvement in early February.
“I’m going to have a conversation with his agent,” Warne said. “I would like to keep Griggy but it’s down to the player. He’ll consider the geography of it, the finances of it, what other offers he gets.”
The Coventry-based 30-year-old scored only six times in 29 Rotherham appearances but proved to be an effective foil for 25-goal hitman Michael Smith.
“It was a massive loss for us when he got injured,” Warne said. “A striker’s job isn’t just to score. Look at Smudge, he’s been brilliant for us over the years but it’s only this season that he’s scored 20-plus goals.
“Griggy was the glue in our team. When he was injured his boots weren’t easy ones to fill.”
Grigg has been completing his rehabilitation at the national football centre, St George’s Park, in Burton upon Trent and is closing in on a full recovery.
Warne, who expects to make up to nine summer signings, is relaxed on the time frame in negotiating an AESSEAL New York Stadium return for the Northern Ireland international.
“It might be something we sort out in a couple of weeks, it might be something we revisit in July,” he said.
Grigg was one of a trio of loanees, along with Huddersfield Town centre-half Rarmani Edmonds-Green and Arsenal winger Jordi Osei-Tutu, last term.
Warne has already revealed he will contact the Terriers about Edmonds-Greens maybe coming back and he would also like to see Osei-Tutu wear a Millers shirt again.
Rotherham enjoy a good relationship with Arsenal and enquiries will be made about a second spell for the 23-year-old at New York.
“I would like to keep all three of the loan lads if I possibly could,” the manager said.