Manager Steve Evans has revealed that the decision to let Johnny Mullins leave Rotherham United was taken “with a heavy heart”.
The Millers chief is happy with the current options he has at centre-half following Mullins’ departure to Oxford United - but is still on the look-out for a defender to challenge Claude Davis, Craig Morgan and Kari Arnason.
“It was with a heavy heart that we let Johnny go,” Evans said.
““From the players point of view the three-year contract offered was good for him and his young family.
“Johnny is a top professional and an excellent player but with the form from the likes of Kari Arnason, Craig Morgan and Claude Davis we could not guarantee him a place on a regular basis.”
“I am happy with my options,” Evans added.
“We have Claude, who has been a man mountain in pre-season, and Craig is getting better and better by the game. And we all know about Arnason.
“But, if we can find that right player to compete with those three, then maybe we’ll do business.
“We’re always looking to improve, and the chairman [Tony Stewart] is willing to put his money where his mouth is.
“But we won’t just bring any player in - it has to be the right type of player, to improve us.”
n Barnsley, meanwhile, are expected to battle South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday for the signature of former striker Michael Chopra, following his release from Ipswich Town.
Reds boss David Flitcroft is also interested in Aaron McLean, who is free to leave Hull City.