millers prepare for life in league one after promotion

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Rotherham United are already planning for life in League One following last weekend’s promotion celebrations, manager Steve Evans has revealed.

The Millers sealed automatic promotion from League Two in some style, with a 2-0 win over Aldershot at the New York Stadium.

Evans, who last night joined his Millers players at a Civic Reception at the Town Hall after an open-top bus parade around Rotherham, will today meet with some of his squad to discuss their futures.

“We are probably talking about 15 or 16 of the current squad still being with us next season,” Evans said.

“We know which individual targets we want, but there will be a lot of work ahead to make that happen.

“Planning ahead for next season has been underway for a while, and I’ve met with the board to have a post-mortem of this season, and to talk about our objectives for next season.

“ We are ready to move forward - there should be less of a rollercoaster next season.”

That rollercoaster did end in the best possible manner, as Rotherham pipped Port Vale to second spot behind runaway leaders Gillingham.

“It feels fantastic, to see so many Millers on the pitch at the end of the game - grown men were hugging strangers, and kissing the turf.

“It will be a good summer for the fans, and for the town of Rotherham.

“The town needed it - and thankfully we’ve been able to deliver it.”

Evans reserved special praise for both the Rotherham fans, and chairman Tony Stewart - who brought him to the club from Crawley last year.

Stewart also commissioned, planned and paid for the New York Stadium, and Evans said: “Thankyou to the Chairman for giving us the opportunity to be in such a wonderful stadium, and thank you to the Millers fans for making this a day of dreams for everyone.”

Striker Alex Revell won the club’s Player of the Year award, and Evans said: “He has been simply outstanding.”