Millers start bid to extend Harrad stay

Stay here: Millers have looked at keeping Shaun Harrad
Stay here: Millers have looked at keeping Shaun Harrad

ROTHERHAM United have already looked into the prospect of keeping Shaun Harrad at the club.

The striker, two weeks into a loan spell from Bury, scored his third goal in three games to secure a 1-1 draw at his former club Burton Albion on Saturday.

Ahead of tonight’s trip to Gillingham, manager Andy Scott said they had had dialogue with Bury and that chairman Tony Stewart knows the Bury chairman reasonably well.

“I’m hopeful we can keep him but it depends on various factors - on Shaun himself, on Richie Barker (Bury manager), on the financial side of it,” said Scott.

He said that they would be looking at a loan extension adding: “If we can extend it and they have a recall on him, then that’s better than him going back.”

“He got a three year contract when he joined Bury last August but, right now, for us, it’s a short-term thing where he is helping us, hopefully to climb the table and get where we want to be.

“He’s enjoying it and we’re enjoying having him.”

Scott declared no fresh injuries for tonight’s trip which means defender Richard Naylor is available. He went off near the end after a blow in the ribs and his breathing was affected. Ryan Cresswell went on for his first appearance since September.

Danny Schofield missed out on Saturday after having a troublesome wisdom tooth removed.

Scott brushed aside Rotherham’s poor record at Gillingham where no Millers side has won since 1988 and, on the 10 visits since, Rotherham have ended up losing eight and securing just two draws.

In fact, Rotherham have played there 25 times in all and won just three times.

“I’m not bothered about a poor record there,” said Scott.” Yes, it’s a tough place to go but I’m confident we’ll lift our game considering how we’re going about things.

“They are having difficulties right now and I feel we can go there and exploit that.”

Gillingham have recently fallen off the pace in the Play-off race due to five successive league defeats, the last of them to a stoppage time penalty at Port Vale on Saturday.

Manager Andy Hessenthaler made five changes for that game including debuts for right back Jack Evans and central defender Connor Essam. He was partnered by Simon King, making his first appearance since April.

“I got the performance I wanted,” said Hessenthaler.