Will Cameron Humphreys develop into player Rotherham United could sell for a seven-figure fee? Boss Matt Taylor has his say

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MATT Taylor believes Cameron Humphreys has the potential to become a multi-million-pound asset for Rotherham United.

Now the Millers manager wants the player himself to believe it too.

The centre-half is one of the men to impress Taylor since he took the hot-seat at AESSEAL New York Stadium in October.

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But the boss isn’t sure the 24-year-old himself realises just how good he can be.

“He’s a player who’s got huge potential,” Taylor said. “We see that potential. I want him to see it as much as anyone else and I want him to make sure he fulfils it.”

Rotherham have gained a reputation for signing unheralded players, developing them and then selling them on to larger clubs for big money.

Danny Ward, Will Vaulks, Semi Ajayi and Matt Crooks have all earned the club seven-figure fees and, in Taylor’s opinion, Humphreys signed for free in the summer after leaving Belgian club Waregam could go on to do the same.

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“He’s got the potential for that,” Taylor said. “He’s got huge potential. Athletically, he is outstanding, and he can handle the ball.”

Humphreys came through the youth ranks at Manchester City and trained with the first team under Pep Guardiola before heading to Europe.

The 24-year-old has made 19 appearances for Rotherham this season and has played in all six of their Championship wins.

“He’s an important part of our squad,” Taylor said. “He’s shown when he’s played in the middle of the three what he’s capable of and he’s done both bits of the outside job as well — the left one as much as the right one.”

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Hamstring issues prevented Humphreys featuring in every match earlier in the campaign and he underwent a medical procedure before the World Cup to help his fitness.

“He needs to keep playing games,” Taylor said. “After the Cardiff City match (October 29) he had an injection in his back — an epidural, which is quite a serious injection. That’s to help the back issues he has which go into his hamstring problems.

“He hasn’t been available for every minute of every game this season.

“We’re looking to improve that, we’re looking to improve his core strength. He’s a player we’re excited about.”

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The boss has urged the former England youth international not to waste his talent.

“As much as we keep pushing him, Cam has to make sure he keeps pushing himself to be the best version of himself,” he said.