Rotherham United: Steve Evans’ player talks poised to yield results for Millers

Millers manager Steve Evans
Millers manager Steve Evans

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans hopes that two weeks of meetings with transfer targets will start to pay off this week.

The Millers manager has been holding talks with potential new recruits - including a second get-together yesterday with a possible signing - and the first new arrival of the summer could be announced within a matter of days,

Chief operating officer Paul Douglas

Chief operating officer Paul Douglas

“I’ve had positive meetings,” he said. “Obviously those players and their representatives, who are their family in some cases, will go away and think through what we’ve had to say from a football perspective.”

“If we get by the next base, their representatives will come back on their own and talk to the chief operating officer (Paul Douglas) to see if we can get a deal concluded to bring those players in.”

Douglas and chairman Tony Stewart are back at the club this week after attending a Football League summit in Portugal

Despite being keen to make several signings in June, Evans remains determined not to rush matters as he looks for the quality acquisitions he believes can make Rotherham a midtable side with an eye on the play-off pack next term.

The Millers stayed up last season with five points to spare in their first year back in the Championship for almost a decade.

“We’re not going to do it Monday if it’s not right and we won’t do it Tuesday if it’s not right,” he said.

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“We have to make sure that it is right. We’ve been meticulous in our planning and who we’ve wanted to speak to. Discussions have been very encouraging, but there’s nothing like getting the player to sign the piece of paper.

“It has to be the right player. We’re keen to get players in but it can’t just be anyone.”

Evans’ list of targets has been swelled by a trip to France, which was part of his UEFA Pro Licence coaching course.

The Rotherham boss travelled to Olympique de Marseille and took the chance to watch three matches in the international under-21s tournament in Toulon, where his interest in a couple of players was aroused.

“There were one or two players to note there that we’re keen to have further chats with,” he said.

“But those boys will want to get back and have a break so it maybe something that pops into July.”

Countries taking part in the tournament, which finished yesterday, were England, France, Holland, the USA, Costa Rica, Qatar, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Morocco and China.

Evans was delighted to discover that news of the Millers’ achievements - successive promotions and then ensuring second-tier safety - had reached the South of France.

“Marseille is a huge football club and I got treated with the utmost respect,” he said. “They knew a little bit about what’s been happening with the Millers over the last few years, which is nice.

“We got a chance to go there, have a look behind the scenes and spend some time with the key people there.

“It really is stunning from the main stadium to the training ground.”