Rotherham United: Millers make bids for players as Steve Evans tips new boy Conor Sammon for goals

Conor Sammon
Conor Sammon

Amid the arrivals, the departures and the bids for new players, there is the little matter of a football match tomorrow for Rotherham United.

Against the Championship leaders, AFC Bournemouth, no less - the side who humbled the Millers 5-1 in the FA Cup a fortnight ago.

The Rotherham management team pledged then there would be major changes before the Cherries arrived at AESSEAL New York Stadium again, and they’ve been as good as their word.

Striker Conor Sammon yesterday became the fourth new signing in a week, joining Steve Evans’ outfit on loan from Derby County to the end of the season.

“We had to find a replacement for Alex Revell, and I think the majority of people connected with this football club would think that’s a very difficult task,” boss Evans said.

“Conor Sammon is a player I’ve liked for a long time.He’s got the kind of character we want. He’s big and strong. He needs to add a few goals to his game, but he’s probably not played consistently for a little while for a team that makes the chances we make. He now gets that opportunity.”

Evans revealed that the Millers had made bids for two more players and thanked chairman Tony Stewart for his fanancial backing.

“We’ve got a couple of offers in for players now,” he said.

“It’s not about the money. It’s about value for money. If the deal was right, Tony Stewart would spend more than a million pounds to sign a player for this football club.

“I have had brilliant backing from the chairman on transfers from the moment I walked through the door at Rotherham United.

“I think it will be next week (before we know). There’s not only us at the table and we have to respect that.

“It’s players we have identified who we believe would make us better. One would have a track record of scoring a goal.”

The Millers lost defenders Scott Wootton and Reece James this week after the completion of their loan spells.

Sammon, who is 28 and has nine caps for the Republic of Ireland, trained with Rotherham yesterday, linking up with fellow new boys Danny Ward, Adam Hammill and Jack Barmby.

And Evans believes they will help make his side a different proposition this time around against the second tier’s top side.

“We were back to personnel (in the cup), because of the loan departures of Tom Lawrence and Emmanuel Ledesma, who had been designated as not quite ready for that type of football,” he said.

“We’ve brought in some players who can score a goal. Ward can score a goal, Hammill can score a goal, I believe Conor Sammon will get goals. We’ll see.

“We want Matt Derbyshire to get a goal.

“If he scores a goal last week (at Brentford) he has the complete striker’s performance. Having a beer afterwards with Mark Warburton and David Weir (Brentford management team), they’re saying Matt Derbyshire caused them no end of problems in the first half.

“We should have turned round 3-0 up.”

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