Millers set to unveil new ground plans

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ROTHERHAM United will today reveal the identity of the constructors who will design their proposed new community stadium.

The promotion-chasing League Two outfit will also unveil the designs for the 12,000-seater complex on the Guest and Chrimes site.

Steve Coakley, the club’s commercial director, has hailed Millers chairman Tony Stewart’s “amazing drive and passion” for making the new ground a reality.

Coakley, who has previously worked at Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday, told The Star: “I don’t think there are many chairmen who would have stuck through it.

“But Tony has an amazing drive and passion for the town. He deserves every credit for making this happen.

“You have got to have a leader and somebody to keep everything together and Tony has done just that.

“It is a huge financial commitment so you have to have someone with his drive and passion to make this possible. We are very fortunate to have someone like him.”

Thirty companies expressed an interest in creating Rotherham’s new state-of-the-art stadium, which the club hope will be built and ready for action in time for the start of the 2012/13 season.

With outline planning permission already granted and a contractor now selected, work is expected to start on the site next month.

Coakley admitted: “It has been a painstaking and time consuming process.

“There have been a lot of hours put in by a lot of people but by doing this preparation, we believe we will create a stadium that will leave a legacy for generations in Rotherham.”

Midfielders Paul Warne and Mark Bradley are pressing for first-team starts for the trip at Burton Albion on Saturday after the duo grabbed two goals each in the reserves’ 5-1 triumph at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.