Rotherham United: Millers reveal big money turned down

Millers midfielder Kari Arnason
Millers midfielder Kari Arnason
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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has revealed that he could have sold two of the club’s promotion stars for ‘big’ money last season.

The Millers boss says the fact the club did not succumb to any temptation indicates the support chairman Tony Stewart was prepared to give as he sought promotion to League One.

“There is no doubt that we could have sold Kari Arnason and Ben Pringle for big, big money,” said Evans.

“These were two players we got for nothing and, don’t forget, Ben Pringle was getting thrown out of this club 18 months ago.

“A lot of work was put into getting Kari Arnason to come here and we want that type of player here.”

Both players were key members of the squad which got Rotherham back into League One after six years.

Arnason’s season continues as he will be playing for Iceland a week tomorrow, June 7, at home to Slovenia in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.

Meanwhile, Millers fans will be hearing from their men at the top this evening.

A Millers Trust Fans Forum is being held at the New York Stadium tonight (7.30).

Chairman Tony Stewart, manager Steve Evans, Chief Operating officer Paul Douglas and assistant boss Paul Raynor are all booked to be there.

Obviously it will be a chance for Evans to update the fans on where he’s at with his summer recruitment.

At this time 12 months ago when he was starting to plan his promotion assault, Evans had already made several signings and he was to make 11 in all before the season opened.

He has already stated that it would be much lower, indicating it would be ‘four or five’ this time.

He has already added three to the squad, the first of them, left back Joe Skarz, having been ‘booked’ before the end of last season when there was an agreement at the start of his month’s loan at the end of March that it would become a permanent signing.

Goalkeeper Adam Collin comes in from Carlisle to challenge Scott Shearer for the No 1 jersey whilst right back Richard Brindley, 20 earlier this month, finds himself with a League One club just a few months after swapping Blue Square South (at Chelmsford City) for League Two with Chesterfield.

Admission tonight is by ticket only, obtainable from the stadium.