Rotherham United: Frustrated Evans scotches Edwards link

Gwion Edwards
Gwion Edwards

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans has distanced himself from claims he is trying to sign a winger from the Premier League.

Reports surfaced suggesting the Millers were keen on 21-year-old Swansea winger Gwion Edwards, who was on loan at Crawley Town last season.

But the Millers manager said: “It’s just agent talk.

“I’ve never shown an interest and, given the signings we’ve already made, I don’t intend to.

“It’s frustrating when some agents make links between players and clubs which are a million miles from the truth.

“It’s nothing against the lad himself, but the rumours aren’t true.”

Evans has already brought in left-winger Ryan Hall and right-winger Febian Brandy as he assembles a squad for next season’s assault on the Championship after two successive promotions.

Hall has signed an incentive-based deal which hinges on him making the first team and has clearly been working hard in pre-season training this week.

He used his Twitter page to say: “My legs are in bits, but it’s worth it.”

Meanwhile, Evans has praised the qualities of another of his new signings - midfielder Paul Green who he snapped up on Monday to take his pre-season recruitment tally to 11.

“We wanted Paul because he’s an experienced Championship player. He has been a major player in the past at Leeds and Derby and at Ipswich towards the end of last season he was simply outstanding,” he said.

“I’m delighted to get him in.”

Evans has also revealed that, despite reports on the South Coast, the Millers have held no talks with Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman or his agent.

The Millers’ opponents on August 9 opening day, Derby County, are said to be interested in Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani who scored twice for Algeria at this year’s World Cup.

They face competition from West Ham.