ROTHERHAM United players - nine newcomers among them - made their return yesterday as manager Steve Evans decided on an early pre-season start as he looks to blend together his new-look squad.
He did so when it seemed a 10th signing had been poised to join the other new faces.
So many new arrivals has created huge interest among Millers supporters who are also eagerly anticipating life in the New York Stadium.
The individual Evans had lined up - a striker - was told to forget it after he had seemingly been set to sign when both club and player had agreed on a deal.
Evans said that when the player called back to say another club had offered him a better deal and wondered if Rotherham could match it he was told that the move was now off.
“We want honest, focused and highly-motivated players at this football club,” said Evans.
He said he believed the club and player had an agreement and that it was ready to be concluded until the player’s call.
Evans, assistant Paul Raynor and the coaching staff met the squad yesterday morning and the Millers boss outlined the rules and regulations for everyone.
“It is part of the pre-season strategy with so many new players to get them in early and get settled,” said Evans.
Talks are continuing over a striker who will cost a fee while Evans is also still working on a long-term loan for a talented young player.
Season tickets and matchday tickets - both expected to be available yesterday - are now expected to be ready later this week.
Meanwhile, the club will play their first game, against Parkgate at Green Lane, on July 14 (2pm).