Why it was a 'no' from Rotherham United to trialist Sullay Kaikai

Manager Matt Taylor on the reason the Millers passed up on the chance to sign the winger.
Sullay Kaikai plays a Rotherham United trial game against Middlesbrough. Picture: Dave PoucherSullay Kaikai plays a Rotherham United trial game against Middlesbrough. Picture: Dave Poucher
Sullay Kaikai plays a Rotherham United trial game against Middlesbrough. Picture: Dave Poucher

 MANAGER Matt Taylor has revealed the reason why Rotherham United rejected the opportunity to sign winger Sullay Kaikai on a permanent deal.  

The boss was impressed by the wide man's contribution during a two-match trial but didn't believe the 27-year-old was up to the standard of Championship football.

“In terms of what we're looking for immediately, we need people who are capable of making our starting group,” Taylor said. “Sullay's game was close to it but not quite there.”

The Millers delivered their verdict following last Saturday's friendly win at Mansfield Town and the player signed a one-year deal at League One Cambridge United the following day.

Kaikai had started that match and also the pre-season clash with Middlesbrough at AESSEAL New York Stadium three days earlier.

“I really enjoyed working with Sullay,” Taylor said. “He's been a credit to himself and performed really well. If we'd had ten contracts to give out he'd certainly have got one. I expect him to do really well at Cambridge.”

The attacker came through the ranks at Premier League Crystal Palace and has since gone on to spend most of his 228-game career in the third tier. He was a free agent after leaving MK Dons.

His previous clubs include Blackpool and he had a successful loan spell at Cambridge when he was on Palace’s books in the 2014/15 campaign.