Peterborough United v Rotherham United: Paul Warne seeking more strikers

Paul Warne: Wants more strike power.
Paul Warne: Wants more strike power.
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Rotherham United manager Paul Warne has his eyes set on bringing another striker to the New York Stadium despite watching his side score five times against Southend last Saturday.

Warne has asked Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart for further backing in the transfer market to ensure he has a “luxury” edge to his front line.

Rotherham already hold five cards at the top of the field with Jamie Proctor, David Ball, Kieffer Moore, Jerry Yates and Jonson Clarke-Harris on the books. Moore, on loan from Ipswich, scored a first-half hat-trick as the Millers picked up their first win on their return to League One in the 5-0 thumping of Southend.

Scoring goals was a problem as Warne took temporary charge in the miserable Championship campaign last time with Rotherham finding the net just 19 times in 28 league matches under his stewardship. With an immediate return to the Championship on the agenda, the manager says he wants to be swamped with forward options.

“There are a few strikers I’m after,” said Warne ahead of Rotherham’s trip to Peterborough United today. “I don’t necessarily need another striker. It’s more of a luxury. I don’t think you need heated leather seats in a car, but they are quite nice.

“I just don’t think you can have enough. The best teams in the country carry loads of strikers. Strikers are the best players to put on as subs and strikers are the ones that get fans off their seats. If I can collect a group that can score goals for fun, that’s what I want to do.”

Rotherham have made contact with Sheffield Wednesday over a loan deal for exciting youngster George Hirst – son of Owls legend David. Hirst was present at the Millers’ penalty shoot-out defeat to Manchester City Under-23s in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday, but Warne has revealed the player’s presence was not on his volition.

On Hirst’s ability, Warne added: “I like the fact he can score. He’s mobile and he just wants to play football. If he played with one of my target men, off the shoulder, he would score a lot of goals.”