ROTHERHAM United manager Andy Scott says he anticipates League Two will be even tougher next season than it was this time.
With some big clubs coming down from League One, Scott says Rotherham need to be better equipped next season.
He acknowledges the current squad under-achieved this season when they slipped out of contention for automatic promotion and then out of the play-off reckoning, ultimately finishing ninth, three points behind seventh-placed Stevenage who also had a better goal difference.
“Obviously I have got a wage structure and a budget that we’ve to keep to but I want to put together something better next season because it is going to be a lot tougher next time,” said Scott.
“You have Plymouth, Swindon and Bristol Rovers - all big clubs - coming down whilst Dagenham will certainly be competitive. Crawley will have a big budget and you’ve got established clubs at this level who haven’t made it this time. So, we have got to be stronger, fitter, better and better organised and under no illusions about what will lie in front of us.”
“I shall be looking for players who are mentally right and physically right.”
Scott was involved in talks with players yesterday whilst among those they are waiting for an answer from is 18-year-old midfielder Ollie Banks who scored three minutes after going on as a sub for his debut on Saturday.
He has been offered a deal.
n Adam Le Fondre was named the club’s Player of the Year at the club function at Hellaby Hall.
It is the second successive year the little top scorer - 24 goals this time - has scooped the award.
On the shortlist were Nicky Law and Nick Fenton.
The Goal of the Season went to Ryan Taylor for his spectacular effort against Port Vale on January 1. The others on the shortlist were Mark Randall (from that same game) and Danny Harrison.
The Community Player of the Year was Dale Tonge.