He arrived with an England pedigree and nearly 200 Championship appearances to his name, but goalkeeper Scott Loach is set to end his Rotherham United career after just two league games.
The 26-year-old has been made available for transfer at the end of his first season at AESSEAL New York Stadium, with Millers manager Steve Evans admitting: “It’s not worked out.”
Loach’s only Rotherham starts in the second tier were at home to Charlton and away to Ipswich as first Adam Collin and then loan signing Emi Martinez claimed the keeper’s jersey.
Said Evans: “Loachy was in the England squad two years before we signed him. Adam had a little dip in the early part of the season and we put Scott in and we wanted him to grab that opportunity.
“But he never grabbed it and Adam quickly took his shirt back.
“When Adam had another little dip in form, we brought Emi in and we weighed up our options. We felt Loachy, who is a young man who wants to play, wasn’t going to be number one and he would be sat watching a lot of the time.”
Loach, who came to prominence with Watford before signing for Ipswich Town, met with Evans last week when the pair agreed that a parting of the ways would be the best way forward.
“That was a joint one,” said Evans of the decision. “He asked if he could explore his options and we said ‘yes’.
“It’s a disappointing one, but we have had some clubs in League One and some in League Two showing interest. There have been a number of clubs on the phone.”
Another player like to be heading out of New York Stadium is midfielder Conor Newton who is also up for transfer.
“He is another one who wants to play football and that was in our thinking,” said Evans.
“There’s a player there for sure, but we decided that he needs to go and play some football.”
The 23-year-old joined the club from St Mirren on the eve of last year’s League One Play-off Final at Wembley and went on to make 13 Championship appearances this season, seven of them from the bench.
“In recent months he was knocking on our door asking why he wasn’t playing,” Evans revealed.
“But if we are going to improve, we have to say: ‘Where are we going to put him in our team when we already have the boys who played in the last five games?’. Is he is going to be in front of them? No.
“Secondly, if we are going to try to add some quality and competition to the ones who are in the side already, where would Conor fit in?”
Evans was at the St Johnstone v Dundee United match last Saturday. He was in Scotland over the weekend as part of his Pro Licence coaching course.
Meanwhile, the Millers yesterday unveiled their new home strip for next season and announced another pre-season friendly - at Alfreton Town onTuesday July 14 (kick-off 7.30pm). Rotherham won there 2-0 last year.