Rotherham United: Full back high on Millers agenda

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Rotherham United boss Paul Warne knows he has to sign at least one right-back this summer.

Last season Ipswich Town loanee Josh Emmanuel sparkled for the Millers as they won promotion to the Championship.

But the 20-year-old (pictured) has returned to Portman Road after his loan deal finished at the end of the season.

And with Shaun Cummings released with five other players, the club have no recognised right-back to call on.

Jamaican full-back Cummings made 15 appearances for the Millers following his move from Millwall.

But both he and Emmanuel have left leaving the right-back position one of Warne’s priorities ahead of their first season back in the English second tier.

Midfielder Will Vaulks can play at right-back and deputised in that position last season in League One.

But Warne knows he needs to strengthen in that department in preparation for the new campaign.

He may way try and get Emmanuel again on either a loan or permanent deal, but a capable right-back is a priority.

And so is a goalkeeper with only one first-team goalkeeper registered at the club.

Fulham loan shot-stopper Marek Rodak as returned to his parent club after his season-long loan deal expired, while keeper Lewis Price was one of the six players released.

Forward Jonson Clarke-Harris, who helped Coventry win promotion to League One while on loan, has left the club, as did defender Mason Warren, strikers Kuda Muskwe and Darnelle Bailey-King.

However, Warne hasn’t ruled out potentially offering new deals to any of the six players who have left.

“In some cases there may still be a future at Rotherham going forward,” said Warne. “We are still looking into the possibility.

“But I have spoken to those individuals and said that if there is something out there that is suitable for them in the meantime, we won’t stand in their way.”