Boss Matt Taylor on Josh Kayode's Rotherham United future after Carabao Cup success over Morecambe

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Josh Kayode
The striker scored in regulation time against the Shrimps.

MANAGER Matt Taylor wants striker Josh Kayode to prove his worth in Rotherham United's colours this season rather than go out on loan again.

The centre-forward confirmed his comeback from a nine-month injury lay-off tonight by scoring for the Millers as they drew 1-1 with Morecambe at home in the Carabao Cup before progressing to the second round in a penalty shoot-out.

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Kayode's career has stalled in recent times yet Taylor believes the Dublin-born 23-year-old has all that it takes to make a mark in the Championship with the club who brought him through their youth ranks.

In the past, the Republic of Ireland youth international has been loaned to Carlisle United and MK Dons but now the boss is planning to keep him around.

"For the time being, without a shadow of a doubt," Taylor said when asked by the Advertiser if the attacker would be staying at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Kayode struck in the 37th minute to bag his first goal in 18th months against Rotherham's League Two opponents.

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"It's massive for him," Taylor said. "I wasn't here when he went on loan last season. I was here when he came back with an injury. It's been nearly 12 months of not playing football and not developing, not finding any rhythm.

"He worked hard in the off-season. He's a little bit behind in terms of fitness, but he's got something about him. A lot of managers will have said that to him.

"He's got to find it and put it out there on a regular basis. I can see something I want to work with. I have no complaints with the way he is adapting and training.

"He should be an exciting prospect. But, for whatever reason, he hasn't been for a couple of seasons. He'll get his opportunity and he'll get fitter and stronger as long as he remains injury-free."

The Millers won the shoot-out 4-2, with Jordan Hugill, Ollie Rathbone, Tyler Blackett and Fred Onyedinma scoring and debutant goalkeeper Dillon Phillips making two superb saves.