Preston North End v Rotherham United - Only a striker would tempt Paul Warne into free agent market

ROTHERHAM UNITED’S transfer window business may have ended in landing long-time target Lewis Wing, but the door is slightly ajar for further recruits.
Paul Warne. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)Paul Warne. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)
Paul Warne. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

That’s the message from Millers manager Paul Warne, who will monitor the free agent market to see if anything transpires.

As it stands, Rotherham are in a fairly healthy place.

But with a gruelling schedule ahead, Warne is aware that some untimely injury blows could change his thinking – certainly if his striking options are hit.

Daniel Iversen: Rotherham will be reunited with their former goalkeeper.Daniel Iversen: Rotherham will be reunited with their former goalkeeper.
Daniel Iversen: Rotherham will be reunited with their former goalkeeper.
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On the free agent market, he said: “I am not actively open to it; I am just not closed to it. If something came in front of me that I thought would really improve us, then I would do it.

“My only fear is that with the free agent market, a few of them have been without a club since the summer. We train and play at such an intensity and I just don’t think an experienced 32-year-old who hasn’t played football for six months would be able to get into shape for us to play with three months left.

“But I wouldn’t rule out anything. We have got three strikers and sometimes I play with two up. So I would look at a striker. Out of all the risks, a striker is probably the lesser of the risk because you can get an experienced striker in and you can play him for 20 minutes there; half an hour here.

“The way my midfielders play, if I brought someone in who hadn’t played for six months, it would be physical suicide. The same with the wing-backs, so it would realistically be an attacking option.”

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The Millers bump into a familiar face in ex-loanee Daniel Iversen today and Warne says he will be pleased to catch up with him, but not witness his talent.

Warne added: “Dan played a massive part in our successful season last year. He is a really nice lad. You would definitely have a coffee and a chat with him.

“We used to give him time off for international breaks and he would go home and go fishing with his dad.

“He is a really chilled out good human and I think his career will go from strength to strength.”

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