Rotherham United: Boss Steve Evans ready for loan business after vital Birmingham clash

Wes Thomas
Wes Thomas

Boss Steve Evans expects to be active in the loan market next week after a Rotherham United fixture tomorrow he describes as “vital”.

The 19th-placed Millers entertain Birmingham City, who are below them in the Championship table, and then Evans says he will look to bolster his squad.

“Possibly not before the weekend,” he revealed. “There’ll certainly be some business next week.

“We have got some players that we’re trying to do some business with now and add them to our squad.

“The chairman has approved all that, as he normally does, so we’ll let those talks continue.

“It will probably be the early part of next week that we do some business.”

Evans acknowledges the importance of taking points from teams around the Millers in a competitive division.

“It’s vital. We’re down near that bottom end but we sit three points behind Sheffield Wednesday who are having the most fantastic season, aren’t they?” he said.

“It’s all very tight and when it’s as tight as that, quite genuinely, two or three wins and you’re suddenly in the top ten or 12.”

Rotherham face a Blues side who are unbeaten in the three matches since former player Gary Rowett took over from the sacked Lee Clark as manager.

“They went to Molineux and got a 0-0 and then played Watford at home and beat them. Watford are one of the best teams I’ve seen in this division and they beat them doing handstands,” Evans said.

“There was never any doubt that Lee Clark had assembled a very talented squad of players but, for whatever reason, they were losing football matches.

“Gary’s gone in there with his staff and - like any new manager - they go in and for five or six games they seem to get more than the average. After six games or whatever it is, it goes back to where it was normally. That’s what you normally see.”

The Rotherham boss is delighted the visitors will be without New York Stadium old boy Wes Thomas who is suspended after a red card against Cardiff City.

The striker chose to join Birmingham in the summer despite being offered a deal with the club he had helped reach the second tier from League One.

Evans admitted: “I’m glad he’s suspended because he’s a good player. Wes has always lived on that edge. I can remember in certain games I’ve taken him off because he might have been sent off. But he gives you so much.

“He’s got great desire, great hunger. We wouldn’t have got promoted to the Championship without Wes coming in. We offered some figures to keep Wes last summer, but Birmingham blew us away. That can happen.

Centre-half Kirk Broadfoot is a contender for the Rotherham squad tomorrow, despite the Millers being prepared to discuss a loan deal with a League One club this week.

“Coventry certainly had a chat with us,” Evans said.

“ We just couldn’t get it over the line. It just fell down for different reasons, so he’s still a Rotherham United player. Kirk has reiterated his desire to get in the team here.”

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Adam Collin has signed a one-year contract extension to keep him with the Millers until 2016, and Evans says some of his teammates could soon follow suit.

“It’s the club’s business to talk to all the players that are out of contract. Adam has been announced, but I think there are a number of others close to agreement,” he said.

“Adam has been great for us. He came in and grabbed the shirt of big Scott (Shearer) and he’s been fantastic. He’s a big lad we think very highly of. He’s certainly a much-improved goalkeeper.”

Collin said: “I believe I’ve been pretty solid and I’m looking for more of the same.”