Rotherham United: Matt Derbyshire going nowhere, say Millers who’d love a James Tavernier return

Millers striker Matt Derbyshire
Millers striker Matt Derbyshire
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Rotherham United have slammed the door on the prospect of star striker Matt Derbyshire leaving for Wigan Athletic.

The League One Latics are said to be interested in the Millers hitman who scored at the rate of almost a goal every other game in the second half of the last Championship season.

But Rotherham’s assistant boss, Paul Raynor, believes the club will dismiss any bid for the 29-year-old frontman.

“We certainly wouldn’t entertain anything from any other clubs regarding Matt,” he said. “At the moment, we are not entertaining anything from anybody.

“We’ve got our business of getting people in the door and we certainly don’t want to be losing players.”

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James Tavernier in Wigan colours

James Tavernier in Wigan colours

The Millers view Derbyshire, who has a year left on his deal at AESSEAL New York Stadium, as a key man as they look to establish themselves as a midtable second-tier outfit.

Raynor added: “We can’t really affect losing players out of contract; that’s their perogative. But we can certainly affect the guys who are in the door and under contract.

“I have certainly not heard anything regarding Matt. We are delighted to have him, and if he can show the type of form he showed towards the end of last season then he’s a fantastic guy to have around.

“I am anticipating that Matt is going to be around all season, and hopefully banging in goals like at the end of last season.

“It took a bit of time but, once the goals started to go in and the confidence rose, he was as good as anybody.”

Wigan have already signed former Millers skipper Craig Morgan, while Raynor would like to see one-time Rotherham loan star James Tavernier move the other way.

Right-back Tavernier, who helped Rotherham win promotion from League One and scored one of the spot-kicks in the play-off final penalty shootout at Wembley, is under contract at the DW Stadium but spent much of the last campaign on loan at Bristol City.

Raynor said: “James is a player who it is well documented that we like. Would we like him in the door? I think that’s quite obvious. He was fantastic for us.

“But he’s a Wigan player. I don’t know what has been going on behind the scenes, if anything, but he’s certainly a player we’d love to have around. But he’s a Wigan player, and it’s their perogative.

“I know me and Steve (manager Evans) have spoken about how much we like him as a player.”

The Millers have excited fans with their seven summer signings so far, and a new goalkeeper remains one of their main targets.

“It’s ongoing. There are one or two irons in the fire,” Raynor revealed. “I know the Gaffer has been very, very active. But these things take time. We are dealing with two or three clubs on that front and we will see how that progresses.”