Rotherham United: Evans happy to rely on loan market

Rotherham boss Steve Evans.
Rotherham boss Steve Evans.
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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has no qualms about over-using the loan market - even if it risks upsetting some of his squad.

Football League rules stipulate sides are allowed to name five only loan players in a matchday squad.

Evans bolstered his midfield on Thursday by capturing Richard Smallwood from Middlesbrough until the end of the season.

After recruiting Smallwood, the Millers now have six temporary signings on their books. The others are Miles Addison, James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic, Blair Turgott and Tom Hitchcock. One of Rotherham’s loanees will not be involved in today’s meeting with Crawley Town.

Evans told The Star: “I don’t see it as a problem. It is competition.

“It is no different to having four centre-backs. You are only going to play two of them, unless you play three at the back.

“I think six is a good number. There are always injuries, suspensions and loss of form. It doesn’t matter whether you make a permanent or loan signing.”

The loan situation holds no fears for Evans.

“It won’t be a big decision to make,” he insisted. “I see them as little decisions because I am honest with my players. It will always be about what’s best for the team.”

Kari Arnason (virus) and Claude Davis (suspension) are available for selection again as sixth-placed Rotherham look to build on the clean sheet they picked up at Shrewsbury Town. To accommodate either Arnason or Davis, Mark Bradley is likely to revert to right-back.

Crawley, sitting in 15th position in the standings, are poised to hand a start to Billy Clarke, with the striker having completed a three-match ban. The former Sheffield United loanee is set to partner Millers old boy Matt Tubbs up front.

Gary Dicker is in line to make his Crawley debut, having arrived on a free transfer from Rochdale.