Rotherham United: Evans waits for decision on loanee

Sky Bet League One - Rotherham Utd v Crawley Town FC. Manager Steve Evans points towards his watch at the end of extra time in the second half

Sky Bet League One - Rotherham Utd v Crawley Town FC. Manager Steve Evans points towards his watch at the end of extra time in the second half

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Steve Evans has revealed he is waiting for the “green light” to sign a loan player ahead of Rotherham United’s clash with Stevenage this weekend.

Evans, whose side remained fifth in the League One table after Saturday’s game at Colchester United was called off, said: “There is nothing pending but it would be fair to say we would love to complete on one further addition.

“But, as yet, we have not had the green light.

“Also, thre are probably one or two players here who could go out on loan to get some first team competitive action.

“As always, that final decision has to be made by the lads themselves but they do have options.”

Evans already has six loan players in his squad, with Miles Addison (Bournemouth), Blair Turgott (West Ham), Richard Smallwood (Middlesbrough), Tom Hitchcock (QPR) and James Tavernier and Haris Vuckic (both Newcastle) at the New York Stadium on temporary deals.

The Millers manager can only field five in any matchday squad, to comply with Football League rules.

Evans was due to take in Rotherham’s reserve game against Mansfield on Tuesday, before it was postponed due to the weather.

“Reserve matches are important for our players, to show that they should be starting on a Saturday,” Evans added.

“I am already thinking of a different team for next Saturday against Stevenage than the one that would have started at Colchester, as they are two very different opposition.

“The lads will have had a full week of intensitive training, and the harder we work the luckier we will get ahead of facing a very dangerous Stevenage team, who I watched take apart Gillingham last week.

“Every match in League One is tough but we will just keep trying hard to get an end of season play-off place, which would be a brilliant achievement from everyone at this club.”

Evans will spend the evening of Valentine’s Day tomorrow watching the Peterborough v Walsall game, while assistant Paul Raynor and goalkeeping coach Andy Dibble will also take in games.

“This is a time of the season where we must be fully focused,” Evans insisted, “and do our best to know everything that is going on in League One.”