Rotherham United target Premier League goalkeeper

Rotherham United target Premier League goalkeeper

By David Beddows | 24/06/2019

Rotherham United target Premier League goalkeeper
Marek Rodak...back with parent club Fulham.

ROTHERHAM United are striving to take a Premier League goalkeeper on loan.

A replacement for previous first choice Marek Rodak, now back at his parent club Fullham after two seasons at AESSEAL New York Stadium, is one of the priorities for the new season.

First team development coach Matt Hamshaw said: “We are still monitoring keepers and Rob Scott (head of talent ID and recruitment) and (goalkeeper coach) Mike Pollitt have been watching a couple on international duty.

“As it stands we are waiting for Premier League clubs to come back as regards a keeper. We know who we want but it is a case of just waiting.”

Slovakian international Rodak was only 20 when he first signed and found the perfect place to develop his game, nailing down a regular spot and returning to Fulham with more experience.

The deal worked for all parties and has encouraged the Millers to seek out another higher grade stopper.

Assistant manager Richie Barker said: “We have explored permanents and a similar sort of model as with Marek before but there is more chance we would go down the Marek route again.

“That's not to say we haven't had conversations and identified possible permanents but 99 per cent of people would argue that Marek's two years here have worked.

“He had a few critics towards the end but so did everybody. We ended up with a goalkeeper for two years that progressed with us and played a big part in what we did. He had a big affinity with the place and furthered his career as well.

“It was like having a player for free and two years later he leaves on a free. That's not the end of the world as far as I'm concerned.”