Millers boss recruits two new loanees

Old boy: Danny Coid is set to rejoin Rotherham.  Picture: Sarah Washbourne
Old boy: Danny Coid is set to rejoin Rotherham. Picture: Sarah Washbourne
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ROTHERHAM United manager Ronnie Moore will today strengthen his defensive options by signing two new full-backs, The Star can reveal.

The League Two promotion hopefuls are set to capture Callum Kennedy from Swindon Town and re-sign Danny Coid from Blackpool.

It is understood both players will initially join on a month’s loan, with a view to making the transfers permanent in the summer.

Left-back Kennedy has struggled to hold down a regular first-team berth at the County Ground, making just four appearances this term whilst Coid shone in a two-month loan stint earlier in the campaign with the Millers.

Moore, who also snapped up Omar Daley from Bradford City on loan until the end of the season yesterday, a deal which saw Kevin Ellison head the opposite way, is hopeful Kennedy and Coid will be available for selection for the trip to Oxford United tomorrow. Both Kennedy and Coid will have their medicals at Mangham House today and Rotherham are looking to finalise the duo’s paperwork before the team head south.

Moore said: “There has been no real pressure on the right back spot but Danny [Coid] brings a wealth of experience. He has got great feet and delivers quality crosses.

“Danny will have to go back to Blackpool after a month because we can only have him up to 93 days but we hope to do something with him next year.

“Callum [Kennedy] will come in for a month and we will have a look at him and see how he gets on with a view to taking him on loan until the end of the season. He was on loan at Gillingham earlier in the season and did really there. In fact, our chief scout watched one of their games and came back with a raving report about him.

“Callum will give us a bit more height and strength. He is 6ft 1in and has a fantastic left foot. We have got to get back to keeping clean sheets and hopefully these two will help us in that department.”

On the swap deal involving Ellison and Daley, Moore added: “Peter Taylor [Bradford City boss] phoned me and just asked about the availability of Kevin Ellison. We got our heads together and decided if we were going to do it we will do it this way.

“No disrespect to Kevin but Omar [Daley] brings us something a bit different. I think Kev has been magnificent while I’ve been here. He got 11 goals last year but unfortunately he has had a little dip in form and things haven’t quite worked out.”