With several players going out through the door marked ‘Exit’, the priority at Rotherham United this week was making sure someone came through the door marked ‘Entrance’.
The signing of Bournemouth’s Miles Addison, on loan, is just the start of a signing exercise aimed at adding quality and also numbers to what had become a depleted squad.
Striker Matt Tubbs became the latest to go when he ended his six-month loan spell to go back to Bournemouth who immediately loaned him out to his former club Crawley Town.
That departure, adding to moves out for Pablo Mills (permanently to Bury), David Worrall (loan to Oldham) and Michael Tidser (loan to Ross County) as well as further loan extensions for Lionel Ainsworth (at Motherwell) and David Noble (at Cheltenham), had left Millers manager Steve Evans with just 14 available players for Saturday’s home game with Crewe Alexandra.
With Craig Morgan (one-match ban) and Claude Davis (second of a three-match ban) both missing, Evans had only one player regarded as a central defender in Kari Arnason so had to fill that void.
However, moves for 24-year-old Addison, who plays at the back or in midfield, were already advanced and he arrives on loan to the end of the season.
But he hasn’t played for Bournemouth this season. In fact, his last league appearances for the Cherries was over a year ago, November 2012, and he has been troubled by injury.
The Millers made an inquiry for Addison - whose career began with immense promise at Derby County - last summer. It was rejected but they have kept tabs on his situation.
The Tubbs move never quite worked out. He scored just once in 20 appearances, most of those as a late substitute.
Without a pre-season due to injury, he wasn’t fully fit initially and his only run of starts was for five matches during November. He will be back at the New York Stadium with Crawley two weeks on Saturday.
The reserves cup game with Mansfield yesterday was postponed.
They play at home to Mansfield in the league at Parkgate next Monday (1pm). The following Monday they are at home to Scunthorpe (1pm).