Manager Steve Evans believes Rotherham United have never been in a better position to make quality signings.
As he prepares to begin his summer recruitment, the Millers boss is confident a combination of Championship survival and the AESSEAL New York Stadium wow factor will lure a better class of player to the club.
“We’re a more attractive proposition to players now,” he said. “I think players that we like who wouldn’t have looked at us twice have been here and seen the passion and the atmosphere and the stadium and thought ‘wow’.
“If managers and coaches are coming into my office on a bi-weekly basis and saying ‘hey, what nice place this is, what a beautiful stadium. What about the atmosphere? Wow, great’, then players are saying it as well.”
Evans met with chairman Tony Stewart yesterday to discuss transfer targets.
Seeing his side stay up in their first season in the second tier for almost a decade represented a successful conclusion to the three-year plan Evans put in place when he arrived from Crawley Town in 2012 intent on leading the Millers out of League Two.
After achieving two promotions and Championship safety, the Rotherham boss is now setting out his next three-year instalment, with top-class additions to his squad his first priority.
“Survival gives us the opportunity to hopefully attract some players that can take us on the next part of the new three-year journey,” said the man who admits he wants to one day manage in the Premier League.
“I can vividly remember a fews week after arriving here going out for dinner with the chairman - myself and (No 2) Paul Raynor - and him asking ‘where are we going to be three years from now?’. I tongue in cheek said to him ‘you’ll have just enjoyed a season in the Championship’. He got very happy about that, especially after a second glass of wine!
“Now we need to take a second three-year plan forward, which is quite exciting really if you’re us.”
Meanwhile, Millers right-back Frazer Richardson has given the new away strip his seal of approval.
The kit, with the jersey sponsored by Balreed, was unveiled yesterday.
“I think it’s nice, a bit diffrerent with the navy blue and red,” he said. “I like it.”
Balreed are no strangers to the club having put their name to the stadium scoreboard, as well as sponsoring the back of the 2014/15 home and away shorts.
The kit goes on sale on July 1, while the new home strip will be available from June 1.