ROTHERHAM UNITED: Paul Raynor praises leadership qualities of Ian Sharps

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Skipper Ian Sharps has been praised for his show of leadership as Rotherham United kept a second successive clean sheet on their travels.

“Some people have been having a go at Ian recently but he showed at York what he brings to us,” said assistant manager Paul Raynor.

“He’s never been the most cultured player but he is a straighforward central defender and a good, honest leader and he was a leader out there at York,” said Raynor.

“They are lively in attack but Ian led us from the back, he showed what he brings to this team but we knew that anyway. Captains show the way, take the lead and I thought he did that.”

Rotherham have let defender Johnny Mullins go to Oxford on a three month loan. He played in the goalless draw against leaders Gillingham.

Raynor said Mullins needed to be playing and was getting frustrated at not doing so.

“He’s not the type happy just to hang around and pick up his money, he wants to play,” said Raynor.

“There was an issue over him having a round trip of over four hours every day for training and so he’s gone to Oxford which is nearer for him.”

It means Rotherham will have minimal cover for central defence for Saturday’s home game with Southend.

Mark Bradley will provide that solitary cover. Midfielder Kari Arnason, who also plays at the back, is unavailable on Saturday due to international duty with Iceland.

Former striker Carl Gilbert is guest speaker at the Rotherham United Nostalgia Society meeting at the Green Dragon, Kimberworth on Thursday (8.30).

He is travelling from Kent and Carl says he’d love to see some of his old teammates from the early 1970s.