MILLERS HUNT A FULL-BACK

John Nutter, seen here in Gillingham colours, could soon be lining up for the Millers.
John Nutter, seen here in Gillingham colours, could soon be lining up for the Millers.

ROTHERHAM United are allegedly preparing to move for out of contract Gillingham left back John Nutter as Andy Scott’s squad begins to take shape.

Scott secured the signing of Chris Holroyd and Mexborough’s own Luke Foster earlier this week and is reportedly among the bosses vying for the signature of Nutter.

The 28-year-old made more than 150 appearances over three and a half years with the Gills, who are set to reduce their playing budget this summer.

Other clubs reportedly interested in Nutter’s services are Accrington Stanley, Dagenham and Redbridge and Wycombe Wanderers.

The departure of Ryan Taylor from Rotherham was confirmed this week as the 23-year-old striker signed for Bristol City.

Taylor was out of contract and it became clear he would not sign the new deal offered by Scott.

The Millers will now chase compensation for Taylor due to him being under 24.

Millwall were reportedly ready to offer in excess of £300,000 for Taylor so it is likely Rotherham will pursue a similar amount.

But Scott has acted to boost his attacking options for the coming campaign with the signing of Chris Holroyd from Brighton.

The 24-year-old striker has signed a two year deal with the Millers and arrives fresh from a two month-long loan spell at newly promoted Bury.

Holroyd said: “I’m really excited to join Rotherham.

“It’s a big and ambitious club that wants to get out of this division, and I’m delighted to be here.

“I think this is the right club for me.”

Joining Holroyd is Mexborough-born centre half Foster who arrives from Stevenage.

The 25-year-old made 23 appearances for the League Two play off winners last season and has signed a 12 month deal with the Millers, including the option for a second year.

He said: “I’m delighted to join my home town club.

“Rotherham is potentially a massive club, it has a bright future and I want to be a part of that.

“I definitely think we’ve got a squad capable of winning promotion next season.

“I’ve been very impressed with the signings over the summer and I know the squad here already was strong.”

The Millers will start the new season with the visit of Oxford United to Don Valley on August 6 ahead of the Carling Cup clash at home to Championship giants Leicester City on August 9.