ROTHERHAM UNITED boss Steve Evans has spoken of making ‘tough decisions’ after deciding to give free transfers to Mark Bradley and Rob Milsom.
Both midfielders were among several players released by Evans, along with defender Richard Brindley.
Branley was left seriously hampered by an injury-ravaged campaign, while Milsom struggled to break into the Millers engine room during the season.
Defender Brindley was also used sparingly, with the 22-year-old spending loan spells at Colchester United and Scunthorpe United respectively in 2014-15.
On announcing his released list, Evans said: “It’s always tough when you look at good lads in the face like Mark Bradley and Rob Milsom. They are tough decisions.
“Bradders has worked for 14 or 15 months and he is nearly there now. But we just can’t continue to do that, but that was hard, he’s such a good professional.
“I think he would have played a lot of Championship football for us.
“Rob Milsom was tough because he is a very, very talented player. He could be playing at any level he wants to be.
“He was unfortunate in the first part of the season when he got injured and then we have some decisions to make because we have to be better and if he couldn’t get in in front of who have got at the minute then it was always going to be tough for him.
“They were the tough ones, the other ones were more straightforward.”
On the decision regarding Brindley, he added: “Richard is one of these kids that would always knock on the door and want to play in the first team. We could respect that.
“He kept saying he wanted to play first-team football and we didn’t see him as ready to start for us in the Championship.
“So the easy decision would be to convince him to stay, but the next question Richard would rightfully have would be ‘where am I going to play’.
“He also expressed an interest to move back south, whether that develops, we’ll see. But that was in his head. He’s a great professional.”