Rotherham United boss Paul Warne on meeting a transfer target, Marek Rodak, contract talks and a squad shake-up

By Paul Davis | 06/05/2019

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne on meeting a transfer target, Marek Rodak, contract talks and a squad shake-up
Marek Rodak

MANAGER Paul Warne is due to meet a transfer target this week as he begins a summer of Rotherham United transfer business that won't include goalkeeper Marek Rodak.

Warne is anticipating a close-season of several arrivals and exits but holds out little hope of Rodak returning for a third season on loan from parent club Fulham.

Strikers, wingers and a new keeper are on his wanted list as he plans for a League One campaign following relegation from the Championship.

"I'm going to go and meet a player before the weekend and hopefully we can tie that up," the boss said.

"I had a conversation with Fulham and they were saying that they wanted Marek as part of their squad next year. It's like I'm pushing a door that's locked.

"I'll still have another conversation. Marek has been a big part of us for two years and I'm grateful to Fulham for allowing him to develop here. But as I sit here now I don't think him coming back here is happening."

Warne expects several of his fringe players to leave AESSEAL New York Stadium and accepts that key men like midfielder Will Vaulks and centre-half Semi Ajayi could also depart if the right offers come in.

"I think this year there might be a little bit more of a shake-up," he said. "There might be a few new faces, which isn't a bad thing.

Joe Mattock

"We've had two good years out of this group and sometimes it comes to a natural end, although I'd like to keep the skeleton of the group together."

Rotherham are due to announce their retained list later this week, with only a decision on midfielder Darren Potter yet to be finalised.

"We're pretty clear," Warne said. "There's only one player we're uncertain on. A couple of players feel they haven't had enough game-time this year and want to move on. I completely understand that.

"If it works for the club and the player then that will happen."

Meanwhile, the Millers are in talks with wingers Jon Taylor, Ryan Williams, Joe Newell and Anthony Forde, all of whom are at the end of their contracts, and left-back Joe Mattock.

The club have a 12-month option on Players' Player of the Year Mattock but Warne would like to see him sign a longer deal.

"We're close on a couple and we're close on a couple of new signings as well," the manager said. "We're working as hard as we can to rebuild.

"Regrettably, I think a couple of them will play their football elsewhere.

"I understand that. They want to give themselves an opportunity to play in the Championship again next year. They're a little bit reticent on signing a new deal."

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