Loan trio on Millers manager’s wish-list

Goalkeeper Emi Martinez
Goalkeeper Emi Martinez
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Manager Steve Evans would love to see Rotherham United returns for the loan trio who did so much to help his club secure their Championship survival.

Goalkeeper Emi Martinez, right-back Jack Hunt and left-back Daniel Lafferty became key men for the Millers after dropping down from the Premier League for th e final part of the season.

“If you are saying to me ‘would we like to work with Martinez, Hunt and Lafferty?’, they would be absolute no-brainers, wouldn’t they?” Evans admitted

The trio have since returned to parent clubs Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Burnley, who went on to be relegated, respectively.

Evans added: “We need to see where we go with them, and whether we can get them in remains to be seen.

“But wherever I go in my career, I’d always welcome working with those three, that’s for sure.”

Right-back Jack Hunt

Right-back Jack Hunt

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Evans said last month, before Rotherham sealed their second-tier safety, that he believed there was interest in the 22-year-old Argentine from Spain’s La Liga.

Before centre-half and left midfielder Ben Pringle rejected new contracts, he revealed he was looking to bring in “six or seven” new players.

Chairman Tony Stewart has sanctioned moves for the names on Evans’ wanted list, and the Millers manager says he has a bigger transfer budget than last season.

“I will be meeting players and their representatives and that will be intensified over the next few weeks, “ he said.

He is also closing in on adding a new coach to his management team.

“I had a very good meeting recently with my preferred choice to add to the coaching staff,” he said,

“I will wait to hear the feedback from that meeting and if that is positive then I will then take that to the chairman.”

Departed midfielder Ben Pringle used his Twitter page to say he had left on good terms and had enjoyed an “unbelievable” time with the Millers.

“I feel it is now time to move on and challenge myself elsewhere,” he said. “I know you can’t please every football fan, but hopefully I have given the majority some happy moments.

“In January I turned down a deal at Millwall and made a commitment to myself to stay and see the season and my contract out while always giving 110 per cent to keep the club in the Championship.”

Meanwhile, Rotherham are hoping to arrange a pre-season friendly at AESSEAL New York Stadium for Saturday August 1 or Sunday August 2.