Warne keeps tabs on Towell situation

Richie Towell: financial stumbling block over the Brighton midfielder.Richie Towell: financial stumbling block over the Brighton midfielder.
Richie Towell: financial stumbling block over the Brighton midfielder.
MANAGER Paul Warne has pledged that Rotherham United will try to be at the front of the queue if Richie Towell becomes available for another loan move.

The prospects of the 26-year-old promotion winner returning for another spell at the AESSEAL New York Stadium are still far from certain.

Towell is on a good contract at his parent club Brighton, making finance an issue, and he is staking another claim to be part of manager Chris Hughton's plans.

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But with Brighton having earned another year in the Premier League, Towell could still yet be made available for loan and if he is, Rotherham would like to be in a position to move.

Warne said: "I would love to get Richie back, I still speak and text to him regularly. He was brilliant for me, he's exactly the type of midfielder I want and I think he will get better. I know how desperate he would be to play in the Championship but at the moment we're not really close on the finances of it all to be truly honest.

"Sometimes you just have to wait because there might be something better for him or something which Brighton thinks more suitable. He's trying hard and he's going away with Brighton to Austria this weekend. Richie is doing trying everything he can to get into their thoughts and plans and if it ends up that he isn't and they do want to loan him out, we'll try to be front of the queue and make something happen."

Sweating it out...Paul Warne and striker Jamie Proctor set the pace at Roundwood yesterday.

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Warne hopes to bring in two new players on loan next week, one of them a goalkeeper.

There is a possibility that could mean a return for Marek Rodak, who was due to a sign a new contract with his club Fulham this week, but he is not the only stopper the Millers have spoken to. Last year's understudy, Lewis Price, is back training with Rotherham and is expected to continue next term.

Meanwhile, new signings Kyle Vassell, Clark Robertson and Zak Vyner will all get run-outs in tomorrow's opening pre-season friendly against Parkgate at Roundwood before the squad fly out on Sunday for their Austrian training camp.

Catch today's Advertiser for much more from the Millers camp.