Rotherham United: Half a dozen signings will do for Millers chief

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Rotherham want to make five or six signings ahead of their return to the Championship.

The last time the Millers were promoted Steve Evans made wholesale changes to the side who earned promotion to the second tier.

He made 13 permanent signings and added five loanees during the summer of 2014.

However, the Star understands this summer will be low key in comparison as Paul Warne prepares for the rigours of the Championship.

Warne has already stated his desire to keep the group together, which could see them make a fast start with the momentum of their promotion.

It is understood the additions will be a mixture of loans and permanent deals due to the club’s budget.

Much like Yorkshire rivals Barnsley, who were relegated last term, the Millers will be fighting the heavy hitters on a much smaller budget.

With the solace of Premier League parachute payments, Stoke have already spent over £15m on two signings - Oghenekaro Etebo and their obligation to buy loan signing Benik Afobe in January.

The priority areas for the Millers are a goalkeeper and a right-back.

Warne only has one recognised shot-stopper at his disposal, youngster Laurence Bilboe, after releasing Lewis Price and loanee Marek Rodak going back to Fulham.

The club are hopeful of securing a return for Rodak, especially after the Cottagers got promoted to the Premier League.

Rotherham are also lacking a right-back after Josh Emmanuel went back to Ipswich Town.

Warne wants him to return to the New York Stadium but believes new Ipswich boss Paul Hurst will want the player at Portman Road next season.

Meanwhile, Rotherham are ball 28 in the Northern section of the Carabao Cup draw, which takes place on Friday morning at 10.45 in Vietnam.