Rotherham United: Millers wait over new signings

Stephen Kelly, left
Stephen Kelly, left
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Rotherham United’s mission to strengthen their squad during the international break will move into a second week.

Former Premier League trio Leon Best, Stephen Hunt and Stephen Kelly have been training with the Championship Millers and are believed to have impressed manager Neil Redfearn.

Stephen Hunt

Stephen Hunt

But no deals have yet been struck, and any announcements will now come after the weekend as the club gear up to face Leeds United next Saturday.

Some players could also leave on loan before the clash with the Elland Road outfit, now managed by ex-Millers boss Steve Evans. Redfearn is willing to let four fringe men leave to free up room for new recruits.

The 50-year-old, still seeking his first win after six matches in charge, says Rotherham have to bring in reinforcements if they are to move off the bottom of the table.

“The acid test is always when the players cross the white line at three o’clock,” he said. “Through training, you can look at them and think they’re not bad. The acid test is the games, and we’ve been short.”

Leon Best

Leon Best

A striker is Redfearn’s main priority, and he has liked what he has seen so far of 29-year-old best who played with Newcastle United in the top flight and spent last season in the second tier with Derby County and Brighton.

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The Millers suffered a defensive horror show last Saturday as they fell to a 5-2 home defeat to Ipswich Town, but up until then Redfearn had been relatively satisfied with centre-half pairing Danny Collins and Farrend Rawson.

“I think they’ve done okay. I don’t think that’s as much of a problem as other areas,” he said. “But I think what you find is that if you don’t score and you don’t threaten at the other end, it puts pressure on your defenders.

“We know we’ve got to address a lot of areas. I’ve got to prioritise. Once we’ve get the right players in, it might become easier for a lot of the lads.”

One-time Barnsley striker Ricardo Vaz Te, who joined the Millers for training earlier in the week, has signed for fellow Championship side Charlton Athletic until the end of the season.