ROTHERHAM UNITED: Richard Naylor poised for return after reserve outing

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VETERAN Rotherham United defender Richard Naylor is pushing for a first-team recall after completing 90 minutes in a friendly fixture with Notts County yesterday.

The vastly-experienced centre-half, who is out of contract in the summer, helped the Millers record a clean sheet in a 2-0 win.

It was the 35-year-old’s first run-out since the 1-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers nearly two months ago, having missed the last 12 matches due to a knee injury.

With Ryan Cresswell, who newly-appointed Rotherham boss Steve Evans paired with Naylor at the heart of the defence for the County clash, suspended for the trip to Aldershot following his red card versus Morecambe, Naylor is expected to be included in the travelling party as the club look to keep their slender hopes of qualifying for the League Two play-offs alive.

Cheered on by 200 fans at Parkgate, a strong Millers team saw off County thanks to two goals either side of half-time from Alec Denton.

The youngster caught the eye up front alongside loanee Sam Hoskins.

The friendly allowed Evans, who has promised major personnel changes this summer, to run the rule over several senior players.

Ollie Banks and Mark Bradley swapped positions, with the duo both having stints at right-back and in central midfield. As expected, Rhys Taylor, Danny Harrison, Mark Bradley, Scott Griffiths and Kieron Cadogan all featured. Griffiths was taken off in the 43rd minute after suffering a knee problem but it is thought to be a minor knock.

Evans will be searching for a second win from three matches in charge when the Millers lock horns with Aldershot, who are in 11th position, on Saturday.