Rotherham United: More player meetings for Millers boss Steve Evans

The new Millers third strip
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Steve Evans is pressing ahead with player meetings this week as Rotherham United prepare to begin their summer recruitment.

The Millers manager met with several targets and their representatives last week and has more talks lined up with other potential signings.

Steve Evans

Steve Evans

Evans has identified who he wants but is no rush as he places the emphasis on quality rather than quantity.

“I think there will be less signings than last summer, but there will still be some signings,” he said.

He hopes to have six or seven new arrivals in place for next season when the Millers will look to build on their Championship survival last term by finishing midtable or above.

“There are some we’d like to get done fairly quickly. And there will be some signings that we probably have to work on,” he said.

Luciano Becchio

Luciano Becchio

“Our squad will be ready. We’ve learned lots. I’ve learned lots, the coaching staff as well.”

And Evans is happy with the quality of the players he already has at his disposal after his team secured their safety last month in their first season in the second tier for nine years after back-to-back promotions.

“A lot of our players, don’t forget, were written off by some people and picked up on free transfers out of League Two,” he said.

“Now they’ve established themselves as being capable of playing in the Championship.”

The Rotherham boss is an admirer of former Millers loan striker Luciano Becchio but has distanced himself from suggestions that the striker could be returning to AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Becchio is a free agent after being released by Norwich City, but Evans revealed the 31-year-old is not on his “immediate radar”.

“Everyone knows I have a fantastic relationship with the lad from his brief time with us, and people know how frustrated we were when he picked up his injury because we were starting to see him blossom,” he said.

“We have moved elsewhere now and he isn’t someone that we have spoken to as we look to put together our squad for next season.”

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“Players like Luciano are not on our immediate radar.”

The Argentine hitman was just reaching peak fitness and had scored two goals for Rotherham when a heel injury curtailed his Millers spell last year.

The club have unveiled their third kit for the 2015/16 season - yellow with red trim. The Balreed-sponsored strip will be worn when their new navy blue away colours clash with the home team’s outfit.

The kit goes on sale in limited numbers in August, while the navy strip is available from July 1.