Millers aim to hang on to Gunners starlet

ROTHERHAM United will look to keep midfielder Mark Randall until the end of the season.

A decision over the 21-year-old's loan from Arsenal is due to be made next week but the Millers have already pursued the possibility of him staying on.

"I hope he's here until the end of the season and the lad is keen enough," said Millers manager Ronnie Moore.

"Hopefully there'll be no problem, we've been in touch with Arsenal."

Randall's loan spell actually began at the end of October but he was immediately put out of action due to a dislocated shoulder suffered 20 minutes into his debut.

He finally restarted on New Year's Day and has been on the sub's bench subsequently apart from at Stockport, a mishap under which the club say a line has been drawn.

He came on at half-time against Southend last Saturday and could be in the frame to start a game again soon.

Meanwhile, striker Tom Pope has been the subject of interest from Port Vale. Their new manager Jim Gannon has checked on Pope in the Millers reserves.

Pope, signed from Crewe, comes from the Potteries and is, in fact, a Vale fan from boyhood. Vale's leading scorer Marc Richards is currently sidelined with a thigh injury.

If Pope did go then it would leave Rotherham short on striking options and could even prompt Moore - who recently inquired about Burton's Shaun Harrad - to possibly return to son Ian Thomas-Moore at Tranmere.

Last night Moore, aiming to add to his squad, took in the reserve game between Manchester City and Liverpool.

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