Rotherham United: Millers report back for training

Millers striker Danny Hylton
Millers striker Danny Hylton
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Rotherham United’s players reported back yesterday to begin preparations for their League One campaign.

As manager Steve Evans glanced around his squad - which includes six new signings so far - he would have noted a pleasant problem which has followed him from last season.

It is the choices he will have in midfield, and the riches therein, that will be familiar to the Millers boss both when he sized up his squad and when they start working in real earnest.

One of them was missing when they clocked back in yesterday. Kari Arnason. He had been granted permission for an extra week off due to the fact he was involved with Iceland right into June in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

But much like he had 12 months ago when he was putting together a squad to get Rotherham out of League Two, Evans could note - in addition to Arnason - such as Michael O’Connor, David Noble, Ben Pringle.

He subsequently brought in Lee Frecklington, along the way jettisoning Jason Taylor.

That’s five acknowledged midfielders and, pretty much as a year ago, it wasn’t easy to work out how he would fit them all into the same side.

Lob into the mix also youngster Mitchell Rose, very much on the fringe when compared to that experienced quintet. But when asked to play in the second half in the hothouse atmosphere at Bradford City near the end of the season, acquitted himself superbly and drew praise from Evans.

In addition, Evans has to factor in the particular merits of one of his newcomers, David Worrall, although he is regarded as a wide player and hardly someone who is going to challenge for a central role occupied by any of the above.

Evans shuffled that particular pack last season although Noble was missing for about four months.

Among the other newcomers was Danny Hylton, clearly someone who will challenge Daniel Nardiello for the role alongside Alex Revell.

Worrall and Hylton, along with goalkeeper Adam Collin, right back Richard Brindley and midfielder Rob Milsom met their new teammates for the first time. The signing making up the half-dozen is Joe Skarz who turned his loan move into a permanent deal at the end of the season.

The players who have been transfer-listed and told they can find another club, despite being under contract, Ian Sharps, Kayode Odejayi, Lionel Ainsworth and Danny Schofield, also reported back.

Right back Nicky Hunt - the other player told he can go and who didn’t play after mid-November, has joined Accrington where he was on loan from January.