Rotherham United: More signings on the way

Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart

Rotherham United chairman Tony Stewart has revealed he expects another three players to sign for the club before they embark on life in The Championship.

“We have five new boys already and I’m sure there will be at least another two, possibly three,” he said.

Boss Steve Evans’ recruitment drive is in full swing since his side sealed back-to-back promotions by beating Leyton Orient in the League One Play-off Final after a penalty shoot-out at Wembley.

“We were a couple of weeks behind other clubs because of the play-offs but Steve likes to do his business early,” Stewart added.

“We’d been preparing our list of targets well before the play-offs. Steve can spot talent and identified the players he wanted.

Already joining the Millers are midfielder Conor Newton, strikers Matt Derbyshire and club-record signing Jason Bowery, defender Kirk Broadfoot and goalkeeper Scott Loach.

And Stewart says more reinforcements could be in place before the end of next week.

“We want to have proper cover so the ideal scenario would be two players for every posi tion,” he said.

Reflecting on last season’s promotion surge, Stewart picked out the play-off semi-final second leg against Preston as the best atmosphere he has ever encountered at the arena he built for the club, New York Stadium.

“What a night that was,” he recalled.

“There was a full house and the home support was just magnificent.

“We went a goal behind but were leading 2-1 by half-time. Then Kieran Agard added the third goal and we knew we were going to Wembley.

Meanwhile, Rotherham have been seeded for the first round of the Capital One Cup which means they can’t play Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Barnsley or Doncaster Rovers.

The draw will be made on Tuesday.