Rotherham United: Stephen Hunt and Stephen Kelly join Leon Best on trial at Millers

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Three men with Premier League experience are among the players who are on trial with Rotherham United during the international break.

Ex-Newcastle striker Leon Best, former Reading attacking midfielder Stephen Hunt and one-time Tottenham Hotspur right-back Stephen Kelly have been involved in competitive behind-closed-doors action for the Championship Millers this week.

Stephen Hunt, left

Stephen Hunt, left

All three are free agents and manager Neil Redfearn could, potentially, make a move to sign any of them.

Former Barnsley striker Ricardo Vaz Te trained with the club earlier this week, but it is understood that that club won’t take there interest in him any further.

Former Leeds United youth player Simon Lenighan has also been put through his paces at the club’s Roundwood complex.

Best has been with the Millers for nearly a fortnight, and Redfearn has already admitted he would like to sign the 29-year-old centre-forward if he acquires the right fitness level.

Stephen Kelly

Stephen Kelly

Hunt, aged 34, who was at Ipswich Town last season, is a Republic or Ireland international with close to 40 caps. He was the Reading player involved in the challenge in 2006 which saw Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech suffer a fractured skull.

In 2009 he joined Hull City for a feee believed to be around £3.5 million.

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Kelly is another Republic of Ireland international boasting nearly 40 appearances for his country.

He started out at Spurs and also has played in the top flight with Birmingham City, Stoke City, Fulham and Reading.

The 32-year-old left the Royals at the end of last season despite being offered a new deal.

He knows all about the atmosphere at AESSEAL New York Stadium, having been part of the Reading side which lost 2-1 last April as the Millers sealed their second-tier safety in the final week of the season.

Meanwhile, Rotherham will be working hard next week to secure an extension to left-back Harry Toffolo’s loan.

The 20-year-old Norwich City’s defender’s deal is due to expire after the Leeds United match on November 21.