SOME of the longest-serving Rotherham United players may feel like strangers in their own dressing room when the Millers report back for pre-season training a week on Monday at Parkgate.
Manager Steve Evans has wasted no time this summer in bringing lots of new faces in a bid to win promotion at the first attempt after the move to the New York Stadium.
Latest recruit Laurence Wilson was the ninth signing that Evans has made following Scott Shearer, Ian Sharpes, Nicky Hunt, Lionel Ainsworth, Michael O’Connor, Daniel Nardiello, Kayode Odejayi and Kari Arnason.
It is a fairly formidable list that Evans put together with strength down the spine of the team in goalkeeper Shearer, centre-half Sharpes to partner last season’s Player of the Year, Johnny Mullins, the classy Arnason and O’Connor in the middle of midfield and Odejayi and Nardiello up front.
Hunt brings Premier League experience to the right-back position while Wilson is a fast-raiding left-back.
The pace of Ainsworth is sure to trouble defences down the wings, with the right side probably being the area that he plays most.
Of course, making sure all the new signings gel is Evans and his backroom team’s responsibility but Wilson thinks it shouldn’t be a problem.
He said: “It will be good that there are so many of us joining at the same time.
“Sometimes if a player moves to a club and he’s the only one (new signing) it can take time for him to settle.
“But with there being lots of us we’ll all be wanting to get on and get to know each other.
“I think it will work to our advantage because we’re all in the same position of being at a new club.”
Evans has talked about bringing in one more player but The Star understands this is unlikely to happen before July.
The proposed target was wanted by the Millers on a permanent deal but his parent club have intimated that Rotherham will have better luck trying to secure him on loan.
Talks are on going but no resolution is expected for a couple of weeks.