Rotherham United: Bradley on way back

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Long-term injury victim Mark Bradley is stepping up his comeback for Rotherham United.

The versatile defender begins running today for the first time since damaging his knee in March and requiring an operation.

Bradley, aged 26, won’t be back to full fitness in time for the start of the Millers’ Championship campaign on August 9, but news of his progress will be a welcome boost for manager Steve Evans and his squad.

The right-back, who also featured in midfield and at centre-half in Rotherham’s League One promotion campaign last season, last played on March 11 at Oldham Athletic where he scored in a 2-0 win before having to depart the action.

There were no new arrivals at New York Stadium yesterday, although signings are thought to be close.

Nottingham Forest striker Simon Cox is the latest player to be linked tothe Millers, but the club have not confirmed he is a target.

The 27-year-old Republic of Ireland international has a year left on his contract at Forest where he has played 78 times, scoring 14 goals.

Cox moved to the City Ground from West Brom in 2012 for a fee believed to be around £2 million.

He was at his most prolific during a League One spell at Swindon Town, scoring 29 league goals in the 2008/09 season.

Former Millers No 1 Mike Pollitt has been appointed goalkeeping coach at Rotherham’s Championship rivals, Wigan Athletic. Pollitt played 269 times for the Millers in two spells, between 1998 and 2000 and then 2001 and 2005.

Meanwhile, Rotherham have announced pre-matchday ticket prices for their Capital One Cup first-round match at home to Fleetwood Town on Tuesday August 12 - adults: £13, concessions: £8, juveniles: £3, under-12s: £1.