Rotherham United: Warne eyes another signing to complete Millers striker jigsaw

Paul Warne is targeting one more striker as he looks to put the finishing touches to his Rotherham United squad for the 2017/18 League One campaign.

Tuesday, 4th July 2017, 5:38 pm
Updated Thursday, 31st August 2017, 2:03 pm
Paul Warne

The Millers manager has already brought in forwards David Ball and Jamie Proctor this summer and handed new contracts to Jonson Clarke-Harris and Jerry Yates.

But he is out to add even more firepower before Rotherham run out on August 5 opening day at Fleetwood Town.

Jamie Proctor

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“I would still like someone else up top who can bring goals but also be a complete nuisance to the opposition back four,” he said.

With Dexter Blackstock still at the club, the Millers have five strike options already, but there is a question mark hanging over 31-year-old Blackstock’s future at New York Stadium after he failed to make an impact in his first season in South Yorkshire.

Warne, who is also in the market for a right-back, is ready to let some players leave and centre-half Kirk Broadfoot could be the first to depart, after three years at the club.

The Scotsman, who will be 33 in August, wants regular football after recovering from two back operations but is unlikely to be a first-choice pick under Warne.

Kirk Broadfoot

Despite having a year left on his Rotherham contract, he is set to head back to Scotland where Kilmarnock are favourites to land his services.

Warne has made five pre-season signings, with 6ft 2in frontman Jamie Proctor the latest to arrive when he signed a two-year deal yesterday.

“When I signed Jamie, straight away I knew he was a different type to say a Jono (Clarke-Harris),” the boss said.

“I don’t want to sign five strikers who are all exactly the same. I think he’ll give us something different.

Jamie Proctor

“I think that I have brought in a lot of athletic players. I do like a physical presence. I also like to think I have got players who will relish the fight on a cold Tuesday night.”

There has been contact between Rotherham and Ipswich Town over possible loan moves to New York for 6ft 5in striker Kieffer Moore and young right-back Josh Emmanuel.

Former Bolton midfielder Liam Trotter is training with the Millers, as is ex-Rotherham right-back Frazer Richardson who is looking to maintain his fitness while he seeks a new club.

Kirk Broadfoot