ROTHERHAM United may have survived the January transfer window with their top striker still intact.
But Adam Le Fondre’s days at Don Valley appear to be numbered after he refused to sign a new contract.
The Millers reportedly turned down a transfer deadline day approach from League One Huddersfield Town for Le Fondre who has 18 months remaining on his deal.
Chairman Tony Stewart was quick to swat away the offer from Town, who were looking to replace striker Jordan Rhodes who will be out for a least a month with ankle ligament damage.
He said: “Unless a Russian billionaire came in and offered silly money, Adam is going nowhere.
“We did have a call from Huddersfield but I texted their chairman back saying Adam is not for sale.
“I also told him that, just like Huddersfield, we are going for promotion this season and he accepted that, understood my point of view, and we wished each other the best.
“We’ll not sell any players that’ll hurt our chances of getting promotion.”
It is believed Huddersfield were attracted after comments made by the striker following last Saturday’s 4-0 win over Stockport when Le Fondre grabbed his first goal in seven games.
When asked about his intentions towards a contract offer which has been on the table since last summer, Le Fondre revealed he will not be putting pen to paper any time soon.
He said: “We are not going to discuss anything now.
“I’m just going to play out my contract and do my best for Rotherham United.
“We will have another look in the summer and take it from there.
“But I just want to try my hardest and we will see where that gets me.
“It doesn’t affect me if other players decide to sign new deals because it’s all about me and my family.
“Nothing else will influence me.
“I’ll play my hardest and see where it takes me.”
The player Le Fondre refers to in these comments seems to be fellow striker Ryan Taylor who is still yet to extend his current deal beyond the end of the season.
Taylor appeared to be very close to signing a new contract two weeks ago but has since stalled.
Boss Ronnie Moore said: “We’re still waiting on that to be sorted.
“I don’t know what’s going on with his agents.
“We say we want him and then it all goes on behind the scenes to sort it out.
“It looked done and dusted a few weeks back but at the moment it’s not so we’ll have to see.”
The contract wrangling with Le Fondre looks set to become a test of nerves for both parties in the summer, especially Rotherham as a club.
The Millers may choose to cash in on the striker who has been valued at well over £1m rather than risk losing him for a knock down price next January or even for free when his contract expires in the summer of 2012.
They may value the prolific striker’s goals more than cash or hope potential League One football next season will convince him to finally sign a new deal.
Rotherham’s automatic promotion hopes suffered a set–back on Tuesday night when they lost 1-0 at Port Vale.
The Millers remain in third place but are now 10 points behind runaway League Two leaders Chesterfield.
*DONCASTER Rovers manager Sean O’Driscoll put his side’s first win since New Year’s Day down to not making any mistakes.
Rovers beat Burnley by a single goal on Tuesday night, bringing an end to a run of four consecutive defeats.
But O’Driscoll simply attributed the win to a lack of errors on his side’s part.
He said: “We just did not make a mistake, that was the difference.
“We’ve had plenty of them over the last three or four games, some unbelievable ones.
“It was nice it was the other team this time.”
Burnley defender Michael Duff headed into his own goal which proved enough to give a much improved Rovers side the deserved win.
Young goalkeeper Gary Woods made his first ever start for Doncaster following a shin injury to Neil Sullivan and performed well.
Barnsley moved into the top half with a 2-0 win over Preston at Oakwell.