Scott says no desire to part with Grabban

Six good months: Striker Lewis Grabban.           Picture: paul wickson
Six good months: Striker Lewis Grabban. Picture: paul wickson
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DESPITE two signings this week and a third appearing possible, it was the threat of a departure that Rotherham United manager Andy Scott had to discuss on the eve of his side’s return to action tomorrow against Swindon Town at the Don Valley Stadium.

The feats of 15 goal, top scorer Lewis Grabban are attracting interest and there was a £100,000 bid from League Two leaders Crawley Town recently.

The Millers boss said the club hadn’t received what he termed a serious offer and that he and the chairman aren’t interested in selling anyway.

“If we got a silly offer, then I understand that you have to listen but other than that, no,” said Scott. “There’s no pressure to sell.

“Lewis came here and I said it was good if he could play 40-odd games this season and then see where he stood. Well, he’s had a good six months - now can he do it for the whole season?

“If so, then we’d have trouble keeping hold of him.”

He said there had been a “lot of shenanigans” in the media over possible interest from both Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday.

“No one from either club has rung me,” said Scott.

Meanwhile left-sided player Sam Wood has returned on loan from Brentford until the end of the season thus joining left back Scott Griffiths, the former Chesterfield loanee, who signed on loan to the end of the season from Peterborough earlier this week.

Experienced central defender Richard Naylor could be set to agree a similar deal after training with the Millers this week following his release by Doncaster Rovers where he had been a regular this season up to mid-November.

“I tried to get him in the summer but they’ve changed managers at Doncaster, he’s left there and hopefully something can be sorted,” said Scott.

“He’s a good bloke, a proper defender, he’s got character and he’s someone who does his job,” said Scott.

The Millers will have wide player Gareth Evans available for the Swindon game.

He missed the last game against Bradford City due to a thigh injury, Scott saying that he was only 80 per cent fit and didn’t want to risk him. Evans had played the two previous games after a five week lay off with an ankle injury.

Swindon are likely to recall on-loan Charlton striker Paul Benson who scored for Dagenham in the Play-off final defeat of the Millers in 2010.

Swindon have lost only one of their last 20 matches.