Rotherham United: D-Day as Millers players hear their fate

Out of contract Ben Pringle
Out of contract Ben Pringle

Rotherham United players will discover tomorrow whether they are part of the club’s plans for next season.

Steve Evans is planning individual meetings where members of his Championship squad will learn their fate before the manager goes after new recuits.

“It’s about quality in the summer, it’s not about quantity,” he said. “It’s got to be about quality because we’re in a league full of it. We need to have the same effort and desire and hunger and add some quality to the good quality we have already got.”

Despite a three-point Football League deduction, the Millers secured their survival in the second tier before Saturday’s last-day 0-0 draw at Leeds United.

Evans is planning a long summit today with No 2 Paul Raynor and other members of the management team to rubber-stamp their verdicts.

“People are going to get told what’s happening on Tuesday,” he added. “If it’s contracts or new contracts or extended contracts or whatever, I’ll give them the news.

Among the players out of contract are skipper and centre-half Craig Morgan and midfielder Ben Pringle, both veterans of the club’s back to promotions in 2013 and 2014.

The club’s chief operating officer, Paul Douglas, will meet with the players and their representatives after Evans has had their say.

The Rotherham boss added: “I’ll give them the news and then they’ll deal with Paul Douglas. I don’t get involved with that side. I just make the decisions.”

Evans expects the club to waste no time in informing fans.

“Either late Tuesday or early Wednesday we’ll tell the supporters who will be as keen as everyone to know what we’re doing,” he said.

Meanwhile, Morgan said of Saturday’s game, which came four days after the survival party against Reading: “We did it right. It was what the fans deserved. There was a big crowd here today and they have followed us around all year.

“We had a good celebration on Tuesday and Wednesday and it was back to work on Thursday and Friday.

“We certainly wanted to come here and put in a performance. It was a good game, both teams went out to attack each other. On another day we might have won, on another day they might have scored one of their half-chances. It felt like a good game.”