Rotherham United: Millers “desperately keen” for more signings

Lewis Buxton tackles Cambridge's former Millers loan ace, Jordan Slew
Lewis Buxton tackles Cambridge's former Millers loan ace, Jordan Slew
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Boss Steve Evans has revealed how determined Rotherham United are to make more signings before the transfer window closes on September 1.

The Millers manager has brought in 12 new faces over the summer and says there is still business to be done.

Danny Collins

Danny Collins

“We’re desperately keen to add to the squad,” he said. “We’re just waiting on calls back from other clubs. We’re working hard. We’re trying to get one or two in.”

Evans is interested in players who can stake an immediate claim for a first-team spot, saying of his remaining targets: “They’re the kind of names that, if they come off, supporters will think ‘they’re here to play’.”

One player finally available to the Millers is Lewis Buxton, the former Sheffield Wednesday right-back who joined in June only to suffer a calf injury.

He made his competitive return in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Cambridge United in the Capital One Cup first round and, after playing for 76 minutes, could make his Championship bow at Nottingham Forest in two days.

“Lewis will be ready for Saturday, for sure,” Evans confirmed. “He came off on Tuesday tired, nothing to do with his calf.”

Buxton said: “It’s down to the Gaffer. If selected, I’ll do my best. I’m fit now.”

Saturday’s clash sees a return to the City Ground for Rotherham’s new centre-half, Danny Collins.

“I enjoyed it there, I had three years there, they were up and down times really,” he said.

“First year, we missed out on the play-offs on the last day; the year after, with a couple of games to go; and then last year I was only a bit-part player.

“There are some good people at the club, I had six managers in three season, though, so I think a bit of stability is needed.

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“We got off to a good start last year and were top of the league after 10 games and then we won three of the next 21 after that, so it was a bit of a rollercoaster. “Dougie Freedman came in and we picked up again before we fell away and finished 14th which, for the budget and the players at the club, was a big under-achievement.

“They will be hoping that this year they will be up in the play-offs.”

The Millers staged a private practice match yesterday to give game time to “three or four” senior players.