Boss Matt Taylor on the possibility of a Rotherham United loan recall for Peter Kioso

Rotherham United's Peter Kioso who is on loan at Peterborough United. Picture: Jim BrailsfordRotherham United's Peter Kioso who is on loan at Peterborough United. Picture: Jim Brailsford
Rotherham United's Peter Kioso who is on loan at Peterborough United. Picture: Jim Brailsford
ROTHERHAM United have yet to decide whether to recall Peter Kioso in the January transfer window following the defender's starring role with Peterborough United this season.

Manager Matt Taylor allowed the 24-year-old to drop down to League One on loan in the summer, believing the player wasn't ready for Championship football after a difficult first season at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Injuries have left the bottom-three Millers short on defensive numbers but the boss isn't rushing to make a decision despite Kioso's impact at London Road where he has become a big crowd favourite and been made captain.

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“No, not at the moment," the boss replied when the Advertiser asked if a New Year return was in his thoughts.

Kioso, signed by then-manager Paul Warne, made only 11 second-tier appearances last season through a combination of groin and knee injuries and being out of favour.

The former Luton Town man, who can also play as wing-back, has been a regular in the Posh team that are in promotion contention.

“We felt it was the right thing for ‘PK’ to go and play League One football and he wanted to do the same,” Taylor said. “With no disrespect to his game, last season we didn't have enough from him to put him as a trusted body within the squad this time around. That's why he went out on loan.

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“I'm delighted he's doing well, playing consistently and is injury-free. We know there's still a bit of an issue in the groin area.”

With Lee Peltier covering at centre-half in recent games, Rotherham have had only one contender for the right-back berth in young Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Dexter Lembikisa.

“That's the nature of the squad,” Taylor said. “We can't have 50 players in all different positions available all the time. PK is one we're monitoring. I've been to watch him this season. Trust me, League One is a totally different animal to the Championship.”

The manager hasn't ruled out Kioso playing for the Millers this season. “We'll assess it,” he said. “We'll make a decision when it needs to be made. In the next ten weeks a lot will change in our squad.”