No grey area for Millers

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Rotherham United have unveiled their new grey away kit for next season - but the future looks bright for the League One side.

The Millers, still on a high following last season’s promotion to English football’s third tier, are bracing themselves for a record high number of season ticket sales as Rotherham fans prepare for clashes against the likes of Sheffield United, Bradford City and Wolves.

Club officials told a recent fans forum that there is the capacity to extend the New York Stadium to seat 16,000 people, up from its current capacity of 12,000.

“It is incredible to even mention expanding a 12,000 seater stadium when you consider where this club was not so long ago,” Paul Douglas, the club’s Chief Operating Officer, said.

“We had the dark days of administration; then we were at Don Valley with gates around 3,000.

“And yet here are people asking if we have plans for more than 12,000.

“It certainly is incredible but it’s also great because it shows how far we’ve come in a short space of time.”

With many League One clubs feeling the financial pinch, including South Yorkshire neighbours United, the Millers are keen to avoid living beyond their means, while still handing Steve Evans a competitive budget.

‘The board are sensible people,” chairman Tony Stewart.

“The manager will get a good budget and it is a budget that will last all season.

“But we will be living within our means, whilst ensuring we have a competitive edge and some longevity.”

n Barnsley, meanwhile, have confirmed that an approach has been made for Scottish scoring sensation Michael Higdon.

The Motherwell striker was the Scottish Premier League’s top scorer last season, and his goals helped fire Stuart McCall’s side into Europe.

The 29-year-old is a free agent, as his contract at Fir Park expires at the end of January.

“We have an interest in Michael and we’ve made an offer through his agent,” Barnsley’s chief executive Don Rowing, who is on the verge of retirement, said.

“Anyone who can score goals at whatever level is always on the radar.”