Rotherham United: Paul Warne expecting transfer business to hot up

Northern Ireland international Lee Hodson
Northern Ireland international Lee Hodson
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Rotherham boss Paul Warne believes he would have almost completed his summer shopping spree had it not been for the World Cup.

Warne was adamant he wanted the majority of his signings in before the start of pre-season on July 1 and especially before the pre-season tour to Austria, which kicked off last Sunday.

Six or seven new faces were on the wish list ahead of the Millers’ Championship return.

However, Warne has managed three new additions to the ranks with more signings expected over the next few weeks.

And he revealed: “I think the transfer market took a little while to get going with everyone enjoying the World Cup.

“I think it’s beginning to pick up heat now and I think we’ll see more bodies coming in over the next couple of weeks.

“I’ve tried to cherry-pick some of the League One players and obviously when you’re in the Championship it’s a lot easier to get them than it is in League One.”

Warne has a strict recruitment policy, which means he will not sign anybody who could potentially spoil the harmony of the dressing room.

The former Millers man has created a tight-knit bunch of players with similar personalities.

Warne only wants to add young, hungry players who will add to the squad both on and off the pitch - which is reflected in the incomings so far.

He added: “I’ve brought in similar personalities, similar types of players on similar wages.

“I’ve tried to keep the changing room all together and close. I haven’t signed any big hitters who come in and the lads then have an issue with them.

“I want them to be close, I want them to be best friends and I want them to really have a go together as a squad. The ones I’ve got in so far have brought into all of that.”

Meanwhile, the Millers continue to be linked with a move for Rangers defender Lee Hodson.

Northern Ireland international Hodson, 26, is understood to be available on loan, although a potential permanent deal for the former Watford and MK Dons right-back could also be on the cards.

Warne is hungry to sign a right-back after Josh Emmanuel returned his parent club Ipswich Town at the end of last season’s memorable League One promotion campaign.

-The Millers squad continue to be put through their paces at their Austrian training camp, with early morning hill running the order of the day yesterday.