Rotherham United: Steve Evans targets more as Jack Hunt joins Millers

Nottingham Forest's Jack Hunt (left) and Leeds United's Alex Mowatt
Nottingham Forest's Jack Hunt (left) and Leeds United's Alex Mowatt

Monday could be a long day!

Boss Steve Evans, before last night announcing the loan signing of Crystal Place right-back Jack Hunt, revealed how keen he is to add to his Rotherham United squad and is hoping for more new arrivals before the transfer window closes at 11pm on February 2.

Evans, who believes midfielder Ben Pringle could sign a new Millers contract, said: “We’re trying really, really hard to add some quality to what we’ve got.

“We’d love to do a couple of bits of business. We’re in a great position to add maybe one, two, three players, whatever it is, between now and when we go through Monday.

Hunt’s stay will be to the end of the season, Evans said.

The Millers manager was in Scotland last Saturday watching highly-rated St Mirren midfielder Kenny McLean.

“We like Kenny McLean. People will have seen I was at the St Mirren match with Billy Davies last Saturday and people can conclude I was watching Kenny McLean, but there were two or three players on that pitch that I liked.”

Evans has trimmed the size of his squad in agreement with chairman Tony Stewart in anticipation of being busy on Monday,

On the final day of the last transfer window, he worked deep into the evening and landed record signing Jonson Clarke-Harris and Luciano Becchio as the clock ticked towards deadline.

He hopes a deal can be struck to keep Pringle at AESSEAL New York after chatting with the 25-year-old yesterday morning.

Pringle, a cornerstone of the League Two and League One promotion sides, is out of contract at the end of the season and turned down a move to fellow Championship side Millwall after Rotherham had accepted the South-east London outfit’s offer.

“I think it is more likely he will stay,” Evans said,

“My job as a manager with this one is probably to be a little bit of an intermediary and perhaps do my best to get our chairman to re-look at the numbers with (chief operating officer) Paul Douglas that this football club can afford - because that’s what it’s always about.

“I know from speaking to Ben that he’s certainly of that mind. I would love to see him stay a Miller.

Pringle was a star prformer in the 4-2 miweek win at home to Bolton Wanderers, scoring the first goal after less than two minutes.

“The best thing I can say about Ben’s performance for 65 minutes is that it was like watching Ben Pringle when he was in League One,” Evans enthused.

“He was very incisive with his passing and his goal was a stunning finish.”

Right-back Richard Brindley departed yesterday on a month-long loan to League Two Oxford United, and Evans expects winger Ryan Hall to be the next to leave.

“One or two clubs wanted to take Richard on a permanent deal but we didn’t feel his time with us had come to an end,” he said.

“There’s a big development part with Richard. He’s a young man who wants to play football. He had a choice of three clubs, one in League One, two in League Two.

“We’ve given Ryan Hall permission to speak to two or three clubs. a couple in League One and one in League Two. He’s a good player. I would expect between now and Monday Ryan will have gone to pastures new.”

Tomorrow Rotherham play Charlton Athletic at The Valley. The Millers, five points clear of the drop zone, could climb above their opponents with a win.