Rotherham United: Millers plan secret matches to stay fit to face Leeds

Mitchell Rose has been described as a model pro on his return from loan at Crawley
Mitchell Rose has been described as a model pro on his return from loan at Crawley
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Rotherham United are using secret matches to keep their first-team squad sharp ahead of the derby against Leeds a week tomorrow.

The Millers began their two-week international break after last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Championship leaders Norwich City.

But manager Steve Evans revealed: “We’ll go back on the training ground and the lads will work hard. There’ll be no long periods off.

“I know we have two weeks without games but we’ve got behind-closed-door games booked in to make sure we continue to fire as we have been going into this break.”

The New York Stadium clash with Leeds, which is being shown live on Sky TV, is set to sell out - the stadium’s first full house since the club secured badk to back promotions in May. We look forward to seeing Leeds and entertaining them,” Evans added.

“If we’re entertaining - not only this season but in seasons coming - clubs of the stature of Nowich City, Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United - then we’ve shown remarkable progress. ”

Meanwhile, Mitchell Rose has been described as “a model professional” after returning to Rotherham from his loan spell at Crawley Town, whose boss John Gregory said: “He has been a model professional during his time with us and we wish him all the best for his future career.”