ROTHERHAM UNITED: Signing in view if ‘Freck’ leaves

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ROTHERHAM United have a replacement lined up should they fail to secure the signature of midfielder Lee Frecklington.

The midfielder has made a big impact during his loan spell from Peterborough and Millers manager Steve Evans, an admirer of the player for some years, has made no secret of his desire to get Frecklington permanently in January - a deal that, all round, wouldn’t come cheap.

Millers chairman Tony Stewart and Peterborough Director of Football Barry Fry, have had talks over a possible deal.

However, with the possibility of interest in the player from elsewhere, Rotherham have contingency plans.

Evans said: “If we don’t get Lee Frecklington then somebody as good will be coming in - and you had better believe me.

“I know who I’m going for if the Frecklington deal doesn’t get done and so does the chairman.

“Millers fans will get to trust me when I say I’m going to do something when there are reasons why we can’t do something else.”

Rotherham have their third away game in a week on Saturday when they head for Bristol Rovers who have just appointed former Colchester manager John Ward as manager in succession to Mark McGhee who was sacked after last Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at York.

Meanwhile, the Boxing Day home game against second-placed Port Vale is heading for a sell-out, possibly by the weekend, and the club urge supporters not to risk missing out by leaving it to the last minute. The ticket office is open until 7pm tonight whilst online booking is available.

Two goals from Kayode Odejayi and one from Gareth Evans gave the Millers reserves a 3-1 home win over Stoke yesterday. Dale Tonge played 45 minutes on his return but David Noble didn’t figure.