FRENCH flyer Julien Lamy is poised to become a Rotherham United player at the end of the season.
The winger has been on trial with the Millers and has done enough to make manager Paul Warne want to sign him.
FIFA regulations governing international transfers mean that the deal can't go through until the Championship campaign is over, but Warne is confident of landing his man.
"I'm trying to bring him in," the boss said. "He can't sign a contract until the summer. We're trying to agree something with his agent, which I think we can do.
"I don't think we're 100 per cent there but we're not far away."
Lamy, aged 19, appeared twice for Rotherham's reserves during a three-week spell at Roundwood and is expected to return to the club's training complex shortly.
"He'll probably come in and train with us," Warne said. "We're going to get him fit before the summer. The good thing is, we don't have to pay him for a few months, which is always a Brucie Bonus!"
The manager took his time before deciding Lamy was worthy of a contract offer, having seen other youngsters like winger Alex Bray and centre-half Manny Onariase fail to make an impact after they were handed opportunities.
"Julien is a really good kid, but I have made mistakes in the past when I have signed people and might have regretted it," he said. "I didn't want to do it just on a good feeling."
Bray and Onariase are both out on loan at non-league sides and will leave AESSEAL New York Stadium this summer when their two-year deals expire.
Meanwhile, the Millers will welcome back a fully-fit Joe Mattock for tomorrow night's home clash with Aston Villa.
The left-back came off suffering from dizziness at half-time during last Saturday's 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest after being ill for several days in the build-up to the game.
But Warne confirmed today: "He is 100 per cent fine now. He'll definitely start."
That leaves the manager, who is likely to be without the services of Billy Jones at right-back because of a tight hamstring, with a selection headache at centre-half.
He must decide whether to restore Clark Robertson to his favoured role following the Scot's second-half stint off the bench deputising for Mattock or stick with Richard Wood.
We want to continue holding local authorities to account, attending court and council meetings, as well as providing breaking news, competitions and offers – but it costs money. Online advertising does not cover costs, therefore we feel the need to ask for your help in ensuring we can provide the best possible coverage, online and in our printed products.
For as little as £1, you can support the Rotherham Advertiser – and it only takes a minute.
Click here to support local news.