THE latest player linked with Rotherham United - young Ipswich Town defender Troy Brown - is further indication of the ‘hungry’ type that new manager Andy Scott is looking to bring in.
Brown, tipped to join the Millers next week, is 20 and has had experience in The Championship.
Last season he made 10 starts in the league, a further four in cup competitions and also appeared six times as a substitute. Scott is seeking to bring in a number of younger players with hunger and desire who have already had more than an initial taste of first team football.
In Brown’s case, 16 games (plus a debut game in the final match at the end of the 2009/10 season) have given him a flavour of first-team life, and this desire to play league football more regularly is believed to be behind his decision not to accept a six-month offer from Ipswich.
He probably didn’t expect to be a first-team regular under Paul Jewell at Portman Road next season and was looking to go to a club where he would have a better opportunity.
Ipswich sources say that, whoever lands him, and certainly if it is a League Two club, they will have made a very good signing.
Over six feet tall, he is said to be quick and is equally at home at right-back as in centre defence.
Brown began his career at Fulham and came up through their Academy.
He has played at Under-17 and U-19 levels for Wales and has one Welsh U-21 cap.
Scott is also striving to bring in a young striker also from a Championship club and says this deal is expected to be completed next week.
He needed defensive reinforcements and it is likely that he will aim to bring in someone else with more experience.
Meanwhile, Millers followers have been absorbing the news of the backing from Rotherham Borough Council who are loaning £5 million to help with the cost of the £17m community stadium.
The club say it confirms the partnership between town and team.