Smith’s deal hinges on Portugal trip

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ROTHERHAM United are set to make a decision over trialist Jeff Smith when they return from their training camp in Portugal.

The former Carlisle, Port Vale and Darlington player has been playing for the past year in Belgium and is now a free agent.

He has figured in both Rotherham’s opening two friendly matches and started against Sheffield Wednesday this week, doing so at left-back.

The 31-year-old is regarded as a left-sided midfielder but can play in defence.

“Jeff will be going to Portugal with us and we’re taking a look at him,” said Millers manager Andy Scott.

“I am looking for a couple of players for each position. Wwe are short on left-sided players and he operates on that side.”

The Rotherham squad flew out on Wednesday and will return on Monday. Scott says they will get down to working on and honing a few things.

“We will be looking at the DVDs of the first two games and going through what we did wrong and what went right and assess the performances,” said Scott.

“Fitness wise, they have been working so hard. In Portugal we’re going to be able to spend a lot of time on our shape, 11 v 11 etc, and the time out there will be really beneficial.”

Striker Tom Pope hasn’t gone and is not in Scott’s plans. He is considering a couple of offers.

The Millers will return on Monday, send a side to Stocksbridge Park Steels on Tuesday and then play Alan Knill’s Scunthorpe United on Wednesday.

Scunthorpe are the club which put in a bid for Adam Le Fondre but which the Millers described as “nowhere near” their valuation.

The club are seemingly uninterested until the talking starts at £500,000.

Boss Scott said it would take “a hell of an offer” for them to let the little goalscorer go.

Scunthorpe are currently awaiting a tribunal decision over the compensation fee for midfielder Jimmy Ryan from Accrington.

The final Millers friendly is at home to Huddersfield on July 30 and their Open Day is at DVS the following day (10am-2pm).