Paul Green believes the fresh faces planned by manager Neil Redfearn will give Rotherham United’s squad a much-needed boost.
The Millers are bottom of the Championship table after Saturday’s 3-0 loss at Derby County, and Redfearn wants to bring in up to four loan players, including a striker.
Midfielder Green, who came off the bench at half-time at the iPro Stadium, said: “I think loans will help the squad. Obviously, we’re a bit thin at the moment.
“It would be nice to have a bit more competition, make sure people are on their toes. It’s always nice to have fresh faces to help us out.”
There is a slim chance Rotherham will have a new signing in place for tomorrow’s match at Middlesbrough.
Redfearn has only a point to show from four games in charge, despite making a positive impression on his squad.
“We’ve got to get that first victory on the board for him, “ Green said. “That’s a massive thing for us. It takes only a little run and you shoot back up there.”
But the 32-year-old, who won praise from his new boss for his second-half performance, admitted how hard life in the second tier can be.
“It’s tough every year,” he said.
“Last year we did well to stay in it after having three points deducted. Every year it’s getting tougher and tougher. You look at the fixture list and I bet you can’t pick four where you know who will win because it’s that tough a league.
“We’ve got to knuckle down and make sure we get the formations right and make sure we’re hard to beat again.”
The Rams old boy was given a warm reception by fans at the iPro, but his day was spoiled by a poor display from the Millers which drew stinging criticism from Redfearn.
“I had a good four years there,” Green said. “They have a great fanbase. I appreciate the applause.
“But today wasn’t acceptable. We need to knuckle down. We’re in tomorrow and we’ll be back at it on Monday for the game against Middlesbrough on Tuesday.
“It’s downbeat in the dressing room. We’re all disappointed. We’ve all got to stick together and make sure we’re compact against Boro.”