Rotherham United: No Adam Le Fondre, but Alan Stubbs wants Millers deals before opening day

Adam Le Fondre playing for Wolves last season
Adam Le Fondre playing for Wolves last season

Manager Alan Stubbs has ruled out a move Rotherham United old boy Adam Le Fondre, but is intent on bringing more new faces to the Millers before the start of the Championship season.

Hitman Le Fondre, who scored 58 goals in 105 games for Rotherham between 2009 and 2011, is surplus to requirements at Cardiff City where he has been training with the under-21s.

Adam Le Fondre in his Millers days

Adam Le Fondre in his Millers days

However, the 29-year-old isn’t on Stubbs’ wish-list as the Millers boss seeks to bolster his attacking options by signing two new strikers.

When The Star asked about possible interest in Le Fondre, Stubbs replied: “No. There are names getting thrown about left, right and centre and he’s not one that we’ve taken any further.”

The most prolific spell of Le Fondre’s career came with Rotherham and he also scored goals in the Premier League with Reading. Last year saw him struggle in a season-long loan at Wolves where he bagged just three goals in 30 outings.

The Millers lost 2-1 on Tuesday at League One Scunthorpe in their final pre-season friendly before their August 6 opening-day home clash with Wolves.

Adam Le Fondre's current club is Cardiff

Adam Le Fondre's current club is Cardiff

Stubbs was unhappy with a second-half showing which saw his side concede an 86th-minute winner after allowing The Iron to create too many chances and is focused on new arrivals to add to the four deals he has done since taking the AESSEAL New York Stadium hot-seat last month.

“The most important thing is that we’re looking to strengthen from now to the start of the season,” he said. “Even after the start, we’ll be strengthening the squad. We are trying our utmost behind the scenes to bring people in. We are literally waiting on decisions from clubs. There’s not really a lot more I can enlighten you with.”

Assessing the Scunthorpe match, he said: “It was very much a game of two halves. I thought, first half, we looked quite bright. I thought we played some decent football at times. Then, second half, it was like we didn’t come out to play.

“We let them dictate the play. It was too easy for them to get in behind our back four. Their lads up front caused us, from my point of view, too many problems. That second half, we just dropped off it. What I saw in the second half has disappointed me a little bit.

The highlight at Glanford Park was the first-half display of midfielder Will Vaulks, making his debut after just one training session since moving from Scottish Championship side Falkirk.

“Particularly in the first half, he put some great balls in behind,” Stubbs said. “He can be pleased with his performance. I thought in the first 45 minutes he was very good. He showed a variety of things that he can do ... winning the ball back, his range of passing, he’s got an eye for goal.”

Vaulks said: “I really enjoyed it, especially first half when we had more of the ball and passed it about quite well. I managed to get involved quite a lot. It was nice to finally get going.

“I signed on Thursday and it’s been a long four or five days waiting to be involved. I just tried to settle into the game with a few easy passes to start with and then tried to open it up a bit.

“Second half, we didn’t have as much of the ball and we need to look to improve on that second half. It wasn’t a bad run-out for myself. The boys were great. There was a lot of talking in the midfield and playing along side Frecks (captain Lee Frecklington) helped.

“Hopefully, the longer we go on, the better the relationships in there will become and the boys will get to know I like to spray it quite wide!”

The 22-year-old believes the faster pace of the English game will help him in his bid to nail down a starting role.

“It’s a higher tempo than I’m used to, but I think that suits me. I can use my fitness,” he said. “I’m looking forward to training more regularly with the lads and getting game-time.”

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