Boss Neil Redfearn admits he has to act fast in the transfer market if he is to lead Rotherham United out of the Championship drop zone.
The Millers are at the foot of the table and the new manager, after discussing his targets with the club’s top brass on Monday, is hoping to have two loan signings on board before Saturday’s home clash with Ipswich Town.
“We need more bodies,” he said. “We had a technical board meeting the other day and we all agreed that we need to bring reinforcements in and we need to do it as quickly as we can.
“We have got short-term goals, the loans, and we’re also looking at permanent deals in January.”
Redfearn has been happy with the effort of the squad he inherited from Steve Evans but knows he has to add more quality after a 1-0 defeat at fourth-placed Middlesbrough on Tuesday night in his fifth match in charge left Rotherham five points adrift of safety.
“To be fair, the players have come out of it not bad,” he said of his opening three weeks in charge. “The results haven’t been there but the performances, the grittiness, the desire, have.
“The bits that we are short of are going to take people coming in. We will have to get the right people in and we are going to get the right people in and do it quickly to give ourselves a chance.”
A striker is a top priority for Redfearn who watched Jordan Bowery spurn a glorious chance to equalise at Boro in the 81st minute.
“These aren’t my players. They are Steve Evans’ players and I am trying my best to get results with them,” he said.
“Rotherham finished fourth from bottom last season. Before a ball was kicked after I came in, Bristol City beat Nottingham Forest and we went second bottom. That’s the truth of the matter where this lies.
“What we have to do is build, I’ve got to rebuild this and put this back together so we can become a Chmpionship side. The whole club realise what we have to do and we are trying to do the right thing.”
The Millers boss was satisfied with the response of his squad at the Riverside Stadium after a poor display in a 3-0 loss at Derby County last weekend.
“Saturday against Derby wasn’t acceptable,” he said. “Against Middlesbrough, by and large, we performed, and if we play like that on Saturday against Ipswich we will be in the game, no two ways about it.”