Millers want Shearer

TARGET: Rotherham United boss Steve Evans has confirmed his interest in Crawley Town keeper Scott Shearer.
TARGET: Rotherham United boss Steve Evans has confirmed his interest in Crawley Town keeper Scott Shearer.

ROTHERHAM United boss Steve Evans has confirmed his interest in raiding former club Crawley Town for the services of goalkeeper Scott Shearer.

The 31-year-old keeper has already been shown around the New York Stadium as Evans attempts to convince him to renew acquaintances.

Shearer last week turned down the offer of a new contract with Crawley, despite their promotion to League One.

And Evans has admitted the Millers face competition from several clubs in Leagues One and Two for the 6ft3 keeper’s signature.

He said: “Scott’s an outstanding keeper.

“He has huge presence, his distribution is excellent and his kicking is excellent but we are only one of a number of clubs who want to sign him.

“At the end of last season, my goalkeeping coach Andy Dibble said Scott would be his first choice new goalkeeper but I had to say to him the lad would, in my opinion, staying at Crawley.

“But that has turned out not to be the case which was a big surprise for me.

“I have no doubt he was very impressed when I showed him around the stadium but he has a number of good clubs talking to him.

“I understand it’s a big decision for him and his family.”

Shearer has pledged to make a decision on his future by the end of the week and Evans already has a list of alternatives should he not choose the Millers.

Evans said: “I hope my last 18 months with him will give us an edge but it’s football and you just never know.

“He would be a great signing but I have a very good alternative in mind if he decides his future is elsewhere.”

Earlier this week Evans completed the signing of 28-year-old full back Nicky Hunt from Preston North End and finalised the return of former Millers skipper Ian Sharps’ return to the club from newly promoted Shrewsbury Town.

Evans has faced criticism for his open approach to chasing signings.

The Millers boss revealed he had made an unsuccessful bid for Bournemouth striker Matt Tubbs, who he managed at Crawley.

This drew the ire of Cherries boss Paul Groves who branded the revelation ‘distasteful.’

Groves said: “It won’t be something we do.

“You do it in a professional manner and that means not talking about players who are under contract.

“It is distasteful, a manager is making comments about someone under contract.”