Scott target is in his sights

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WITH Andy Scott looking to add another two players to his squad, one decision that has been taken by the Rotherham United manager is for Ryan Cresswell to retain the captaincy.

Meanwhile the No 9 has yet to be allocated amongst the squad numbers suggesting that a striker, possibly more of a target man type, is in Scott’s sights.

One player he has been linked with is Huddersfield Town striker Robbie Simpson who was not in Town’s squad for last Saturday’s friendly at the Don Valley Stadium.

Scott, who had the player at Brentford, admits he has been monitoring the situation with Simpson who seems set not to figure in the plans of Huddersfield boss Lee Clark.

“I’d like to get something done,” said Scott when asked about the prospect of any further recruitment ahead of Saturday’s League Two opener against Chris Wilder’s Oxford United at Don Valley.

“We are working on it. We have irons in the fire heating up but whether we get them out in time for next Saturday, or not, is another matter. But I’m very pleased with what we’ve assembled.”

On the prospect of signing Jeff Smith who has been with the club during pre-season, playing on the left-side, mainly at left back, Scott said there were “certain things that need to be resolved” if he was to sign.

“He is aware of that and has been since day one and until they are resolved, then we can’t do anything with him,” said Scott.

“Jeff knows the situation and we’ll continue to monitor it. When things do happen then we can make a quick decision.

Meanwhile Scott confirmed that central defgender Cresswell would remain as skipper.

He has worn the armband during pre-season games and the Millers boss said he had no reason to look at other options.

The Millers wound up their pre-season programme last night against Parkgate at the Northern Counties East League’s Green Lane ground which is Rotherham’s current training complex.

Goals either side of half-time from Gareth Evans and Luke Beedham saw Rotherham clinch a 2-1 victory. Nathan Forbes-Swindells netted on the stroke of half time for Parkgate.

Tom Pope is poised to rejoin Port Vale after being released by the Millers.