VARIETY is the spice of life for Rotherham United manager Steve Evans.
The Millers chief has been given the green light to boost his injury-hit squad with new recruits where necessary by chairman Tony Stewart ahead of the loan deadline on November 25.
But Evans – who yesterday signed Swindon winger Luke Rooney on a two-month loan deal – insists he will only bring in players who provide something different to his squad and has ruled out additions just to simply cover his bases.
Evans, who saw winger Jamie Devitt return to Hull City for treatment on a hamstring injury on Thursday – ending his one-month loan spell – said: “I have spoken to the chairman and he was terrific. We have been given the go-ahead to do a number of things.
“We have made some calls. We will see how we go and see where they go. But we are not going to desperately bring in players that should not be coming into this football club.
“We want players who are going to contribute and add to what we have got and add something different. We have got plenty of ‘more of the same’ players on the bench.”
Following Evans’s return to the touchline on October 20 when his side triumphed 3-0 at Aldershot, the Millers are unbeaten and have won four of their last five fixtures in all competitions, knocking higher-division Stevenage out of the FA Cup last week.
The pre-season promotion favourites are starting to make a move towards the promotion positions in League Two and are comfortably on course to achieving Evans’s target of being firmly in the play-off mix in January.
But they face another side in good form today in John Still’s Daggers, who famously beat them 3-2 in the League Two play-off final at Wembley in May, 2010.
After a slow start to the campaign, the Essex outfit have lost just once in their past nine league matches and Evans is expecting a serious test of the Millers’ mettle.
He said: “They are the in-form team in the league at the moment. They have been quite outstanding really.”