Rotherham United: No loan guarantees from Millers chief

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans
Rotherham United manager Steve Evans
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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans says that he will not sign a player on loan on the understanding that he must play.

And he admits that sticking to that policy has cost him a player who would have “lit the place up”.

The Millers boss says he will be adding to his squad before the close of the January window as he seeks to back up his mantra that they will be stronger when the window closes than when it opened. However, he denied he would sign someone on the proviso that he was guaranteed a start.

“I did turn down the chance of signing someone because his manager, in the Premier League, wanted me to ensure that player would be starting,” said Evans.

“I wouldn’t guarantee that but the manager was okay with it, there was no fall-out or anything and he fully accepted where I was coming from. The player involved is a good player, would have been a good addition and someone who could have lit the place up but I can’t guarantee anyone a start.

“The side which started at Shrewsbury might not be the starting line-up when Crawley come here next Saturday. No one is certain of a place. Yes, it might be hard on players at times and we’ve some good players who’ve not started recently but that’s how it is. We have a strong bench when everyone is available and that is very important.”

Evans was without three first choice central defenders for the 3-0 win at Shrewsbury, their eighth away win. Kari Arnason was ill, Craig Morgan injured and Claude Davis completing a ban. It meant pairing Miles Addison with Mark Bradley, normally right back, in centre defence.

“Miles was immense and he will get better,” said Evans. “Mark Bradley is a top pro’, that was quickly evident to me and Paul Raynor when we got here.”

New signing Wes Thomas and Michael O’Connor, meanwhile, both registered as the Millers reserves clinched a 2-1 win over Scunthorpe United. O’Connor, Davis and Blair Turgott all go 90 minutes under their belts.