Rotherham United boss Paul Warne confirms interest in Sunderland striker

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne intends to speak to Will Grigg’s representatives about a permanent move to the club.

By Jonathan Veal
Monday, 23rd May 2022, 2:42 pm

The 30-year-old spent last season on loan at the Millers from Sunderland, though injury ruled him out of the final few months.

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Sunderland striker Will Grigg spent last season on loan at Rotherham United.

Warne has spoken openly about his desire to bring Grigg back to South Yorkshire on a permanent contract and will now kick-off negotiations.

“I’m going to have a conversation with his agent,” Warne said.

“I would like to keep Griggy but it’s down to the player. He’ll consider the geography of it, the finances of it, what other offers he gets.

“It might be something we sort out in a couple of weeks, it might be something we revisit in July.”

Grigg’s injury - a torn hamstring - in February coincided with Rotherham’s toughest spell of the season as they missed his link-up play with Michael Smith.

“It was a massive loss for us when he got injured,” Warne said.

“A striker’s job isn’t just to score. Look at Smudge, he’s been brilliant for us over the years but it’s only this season that he’s scored 20-plus goals.

“Griggy was the glue in our team. When he was injured his boots weren’t easy ones to fill.”