Rotherham United: Millers hope over Reece James

Scott Wootton
Scott Wootton

One loan full-back has gone for good, but Rotherham United are hoping another will return sooner rather than later.

The Millers lost right-back Scott Wootton when Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino this week pulled the plug on a second spell.

Left-back Reece James is back with parent club Manchester United and there is hope New York Stadium has not seen the last of him,

“We’d love to have him back. The request has been made and it’s now in the hands of Manchester United,” said Millers manager Steve Evans. “Mr Van Gaal (manager Louis) wanted a few days to think about it.”

A deal may still happen before the weekend.

The pair were ever-presents in Rotherham’s unbeaten Championship run throughout December,and Evans revealed: “Scott Wootton is a young man we would have liked to have kept.

“That in principle was agreed with Neil Redfearn, the head coach. But Mr Cellino, as he’s entitled to do, decided that wasn’t going to be the case.”

Another loan player who shone throughout December was attacking midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma who remains out of the first team at Middlesbrough.

The Millers made a bid to sign him on a full deal last week.

“We made an offer for Manu and it was turned down,” Evans said,

“Do we like Manu Ledesma as a player? Yes we do. Do we like him as a kid? Yes, we love him.

“Our chairman made what I have to say was a very kind offer.”

The loan spell of another attacking midfielder, Paul Taylor, ends tomorrow and he is in contention from tomorrow’s squad against AFC Bournemouth after finally receiving a clean bill of health.

His future after that remains unclear.

“My understanding is that he’s due for a meeting with Mick McCarthy(manager of parent club Ipswich Town) over the weekend,” Evans said.

“ It would never be my place to ask Mick McCarthy what he was thinking of doing before that meeting.

“Paul’s carried a few little niggles and illness over the last few weeks and we haven’t been able to get him on the pitch.”

Goalkeeper Scott Loach has joined League One Peterborough on a short-term loan. He had a spell at League Two Bury earlier in the season.

The reserves’ final Third Development League fixture of the season. against Doncaster Rovers, will now take place on Wednesday February at Roundwood (kick-off 1pm).