NEW Rotherham United boss Andy Scott has given the squad the remainder of the season to show him they are worthy of a future at the club.
The 38-year-old, who signed a three –year contract last week, insists players must convince him they want to remain with the Millers.
But the former Brentford boss has revealed he is hopeful of persuading striker Ryan Taylor to sign a new deal.
Scott said: “I want to see players who want to show me they want to be at Rotherham United.
“Do they want to be part of what we’re going to be building here?
“Hopefully they do, in that case there is a good chance of them being here.
“If they don’t then I’ll certainly bring in players who want to be a part of it.
“When it comes to Ryan Taylor, I’m going to try and get him to stay because good centre forwards are at a premium,
“I’ll speak to Ryan, outline my plans of the future and what I can do for him and his progression.
“Hopefully he’ll be interested because he’s still young with lots of potential.
“I believe I’m the right man to help continue his development.”
Scott heavily researched the Millers squad before accepting the position, looking at how the team has been playing.
He also spent several hours with caretaker manager Andy Liddell and Paul Warne – whose futures will be decided in the summer – last week, discussing all aspects of the playing staff.
The former Sheffield United striker – who led Brentford to the League Two title in 2009 – said he had been told by Millers chairman Tony Stewart to shake the club up.
He said: “The chairman is ambitious and everyone knows about the new stadium ahead so he wants someone to grab this club and shake it.
“I want involvement in all aspects with youth, reserves, first team, community, commercially and the new stadium.”
Scott insisted the 0-0 draw with Hereford United last weekend was a good starting point for his stewardship and refused to rule out a play–off bid despite the Millers sitting four points off seventh place with four games remaining.
The teams from fifth to the Millers in 10th are separated by just four points and all six of those sides were held to draws last weekend.
Scott said: “There were a lot of positives to take out of the Hereford game and we’re still in the hunt.
“I thought the lads were fantastic and gave everything, that’s all I can ask for and they deserved to win for all they put in.
“There is a lot of work to do however and we definitely need to be fitter and stronger.”
The Millers face a trip to Northampton Town tomorrow before Monday’s visit of Gillingham, the side currently inhabiting the last play off place,
Winger Omar Daley has had his loan spell cut short by parent club Bradford City.