Rotherham United: Millers urgency over new striker

Neil Redfearn
Neil Redfearn

Boss Neil Redfearn says there is no time to waste as Rotherham United check out potential signings over the international break in the hope of landing a new striker.

The Millers manager is giving trials to out-of-contract players before the Championship’s bottom side return to league action a week on Saturday at Leeds United.

Brandon Barker

Brandon Barker

Free agents have been with the club this week, and former Premier League hitman Leon Best is still training with them.

“We’ve got to get on with it. We’ve got to crack on with it,” Redfearn said.

The Rotherham boss talked of how Jordan Bowery’s lack of confidence saw the frontman miss a golden chance to score against Middlesbrough last week,

“At this moment, we need that confidence in front of goal,” he said. “If that means someone else coming in to do it, that’s what we’ve got to do.”

The Millers are looking to send four of their fringe men out on loan.

Meanwhile, Rotherham’s new loan teenager, Brandon Barker, can’t wait to experience more of life under Redfearn

The 19-year-old Manchester City winger scored on his debut, against Ipswich Town, on Saturday but is away on England youth-teeam duty during the international break.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Neil,” he said. “I’ve met him before and he seems a really nice guy. I just hope I can give him and the fans my best.

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“You come on loan to express yourself and hopefully I can do that with Rotherham and really lift the team.”

Saturday’s match at AESSEAL New York Stadium was Barker’s first senior match, but he has played at the Millers’ home before in England colours.

“The stadium is great and the pitch is unbelievable,” he added. “It’s easily one of the best places I’ve played at.”

Ex-Rotherham striker Alex Revell has joined the club where he scored his last ever Millers goal.

Revell, a two-goal hero of the League One Play-off Final win at Wembley in May 2014, has moved to Wigan Athletic from Cardiff City on loan until January.

The centre-forward grabbed the winning goal with a second-half header in a 2-1 Championship victory at the DW Stadium just before Christmas last year. A month later, he signed for the Bluebirds.

“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to show people what I’m about and help this club get promoted,” he said.