ROTHERHAM UNITED: Evans wants fans to aid hunt for local talent

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Steve Evans was pleased not only to see Millers players stake their claims for first-team places when the reserves beat Gateshead 3-0.

He also welcomed a dialogue with supporters and says the barriers are down between them and the club.

“It was great to see some of the supporters; I got the chance to walk around the ground, answer a few questions and listen to a few opinions,” he says.

“My message has been loud and clear: the barriers are down, the keys and the padlock are thrown in the river.”

The new Millers boss welcomes opinions and any help from fans in the club’s search for any up and coming talent in the local area.

“Sometimes they have the best knowledge of all,” he said.

“If there are lads playing in Rotherham or the surrounding villages and towns, we want to hear about them before Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Doncaster or Barnsley get them. They have to be good enough.

“If the support is out there, this is your football club, so come and play your part,”

Evans was pleased with the way a strong side performed against Gateshead.

“It certainly gave us some thoughts for Saturday.

“In between now and the Northampton game on May 5 we have to try and win some points and score some goals, and let’s finish the season on a high and take advantage should anybody slip up.

“It’s also important that we look at every member of the squad, because we have some big decisions in two weeks’ time.

“There were a number of players who will have gone into that dressing after the reserve game and thought ‘I’ve shown the gaffer and Paul Raynor what I can do.’”