Football: Millers boss is excited as O’Grady nears Oakwell switch

editorial image

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has returned from a scouting mission in Iceland - and has promised Millers fans an “exciting” season in League One.

The Millers boss travelled to the Nordic island country to both check out the form of Kari Arnason, who played 90 minutes of Iceland’s 4-2 World Cup qualifying defeat to Slovenia, and to meet with a potential transfer target.

“I now have had a number of face-to-face meetings with the players I would like to add to the squad,” Evans said.

“They have had the opportunity to look round our magnificent stadium.

“If I get the players I want, then we can look forward to an exciting season in League One.”

Evans has also handed young duo Tony Thompson and Nicky Walker one-year professional contracts.

“This is a very early stage in their careers and it is now up to them to make further progress from being a development squad player to earn a place in the first-team squad proper,” Evans said.

Season tickets for 2013/14 are now on general sale, meanwhile.

“We can look forward to some full houses here at the New York Stadium when you consider our opposition will include the likes of Wolves, Bristol City, Sheffield United, Coventry, Preston and MK Dons,” Evans said.

“It really is something we all look forward to, but at the same time have a very clear objective for what we want to achieve in League One.”

n Meanwhile, Chris O’Grady has revealed privately that the prospect of linking up again with Chris Dagnell was one of the reasons why he wanted a permanent move to Barnsley.

Striker O’Grady - who, at the time of writing, was close to sealing a permanent switch to Oakwell - spent the latter half of last season on loan with David Flitcroft’s outfit, and scored six goals as they secured their Championship status for another season.

O’Grady’s opportunities at Hillsborough will continue to be limited under Dave Jones, and Barnsley have agreed a fee with their Hillsborough counterparts for the 28-year-old’s services.

The Oakwell hierarchy are now negotiating terms with O’Grady, and hope to conclude a deal by the end of this week.