Rotherham United: Former starlet may face Millers

Goalkeeper Mark Oxley
Goalkeeper Mark Oxley
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As Rotherham United look to extend their unbeaten League One start against Oldham Athletic, likely to be confronting them is a goalkeeper they sold in a six figure deal when he was only 18.

Mark Oxley had been identified as an outstanding prospect in the Millers youth ranks but hadn’t played a senior game when he was signed by Hull City, one of a several clubs to have noted his progress.

That was in September 2008, just before his 18th birthday, and the deal was worth £150,000 to the Millers although that included various add-ons.

At that point Oxley, Sheffield-born, had made 12 appearances on the subs’ bench, understudying Andy Warrington. It proved handy practice as most of his five years since have been as a patient understudy.

He has made just one appearance for Hull and has just completed a dozen first team games from various loan spells having joined Oldham this time on a season-long loan. Last week, Oldham boss Lee Johnson - son of Yeovil manager Gary Johnson - signed experienced ‘keeper Paul Rachubka, who was released by Leeds, although Oxley played in Oldham’s 2-1 defeat at Preston on Monday.

Millers boss Steve Evans, who looks likely to restore Kari Arnason into centre defence, has to decide whether to bring his other international, Michael O’Connor, straight back into midfield. If so, then that could mean Daniel Nardiello returning to the subs’ bench.