Prepare for an influx of Rotherham United loan arrivals this summer

Matt TaylorMatt Taylor
Matt Taylor
Manager Matt Taylor reveals how the Millers will make best use of the transfer market.

A NUMBER of loan signings will be heading to AESSEAL New York Stadium this summer as Rotherham United prepare for life in the Championship again.

The successful 2022/23 survival mission was aided by several temporary additions and fans can expect more of the same when the club’s close-season recruitment gets under way.

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The Millers see astute use of loanees as one of the ways in which they can compete against much bigger teams in the division.

“A club of our size and stature in the Championship has to utilise the loan market,” manager Matt Taylor said.

“It might mean there is a turnover of a certain amount of players at the end of each season. That’s absolutely fine as long as those players coming in are of a certain level.

“It’s so difficult to get good-quality Championship players into this building. We have to do it by any means in which we can.”

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Permanent deals are also planned and chairman Tony Stewart is prepared to dig deeper than ever to help Taylor land players capable of helping Rotherham establish a long-term foothold  in the second tier.

“We utilised the loan market quite well in the last window and we’ll try to utilise it really well going into next season,” Taylor said.  “Then maybe there won’t be too many loan additions needed in January. There’s always one or two required but hopefully not to the extent that there was this time around.”

After three Championship relegations and three League One promotions in six years the Millers finally shed their ‘yo-yo club’ tag this season.

Taylor, who was appointed in October following the departure of Paul Warne to Derby County, described that development as “huge” because it makes New York a more attractive destination for potential targets who now know Rotherham have what it takes to remain in the higher league.

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“This year has given me a little bit of knowledge of the level,” he added. “Hopefully that means I make better decisions next season in terms of the players we bring in, how we work and how we try to progress this club.”