Rotherham United: Foiled Millers still looking to add to squad

Danny Ward
Danny Ward

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans will look to next week’s loan window to complete more transfer business after being thwarted in his bid to strengthen his squad on deadline day.

The Millers manager worked into last night trying to make a signing.

“During the course of the last week we have made two significant offers for players and, despite increased offers over the weeken, both deals have failed to materialise,” he said.

“It is the intention of my chairman, my board of directors and I to strengthen the squad.”

The emergency loan window comes into effect next week.

Evans had been hoping to welcome two players to the club yesterday, having already brought in Danny Ward, Adam Hammill, Conor Sammon, Zeki Fryers and Jack Hunt.

He added: “The emergency loan market opens in a week and should we need injury cover, and in the event that the right player becomes available, we will be in a position where we can move very quickly.”

“I stated when the transfer window opened on January 1 we would be much stronger as a squad when the window closed, I firmly believe that objective has been achieved.”

Meanwhile, the Rotherham boss has admitted that selecting his team for the clash at Charlton last Saturday had given him a troubled night’s sleep.

Ward came off the bench to score a deserved late equaliser in the 1-1 draw and the Rotherham boss admits the attacker was close to starting.

“There was a big thing hanging over me overnight. Danny Ward had been our star performer in training last week,” Evans said. “It’s easy to say it after he’s scored a goal, but one or two members of staff wanted him to start. But I believe if you play well in a Millers shirt - I’ve always believed it - then you deserve to start the next game.”

Evans began with the team which had demolished Bolton 4-2 in midweek.

Ward was a sub along with loan winger Adam and new right-sided arrival Jack Hunt and all three came on and made an impact.

“Danny Ward gets the goal, and I thought Hammill came on and gave us a real spark on the left. He was direct,” Evans said.

“Jack Hunt came on and was a real threat.

“We took the game to Charlton for the majority of the match and we came away disappointed not to have won.”

Next up for the Millers is a home clash with high-flying Ipswich Town on Saturday.

One player who definitely won’t feature is Town’s former Rotherham loan signing, Paul Taylor.

Taylor, who returned to Portman Road earlier this month and is out of contract at the end of the season, has been told by manager Mick McCarthy to stay away from the club.