Does Ryan Manning’s arrival spell the end of Rotherham’s pursuit of Richie Towell?

Boss Paul Warne has hinted that the arrival of midfielder Ryan Manning might mean the end of Rotherham’s pursuit of Richie Towell.

Manning joined the Millers on a season-long loan from Championship rivals QPR on Thursday, providing a much-needed boost to a depleted rank of midfielders.

The Millers have been trying to trying to get Towell back on loan for most of the summer after his impressive stint on loan last term, but they have so far been unable to get a deal over the line, with the Brighton man’s wages just one of the issues.

Manning’s similarities to Towell might not go unnoticed as the pair are both Irish and Manning will take the number 17 shirt – which Towell wore last season.

“I got the next best thing, he’s Irish, young, better looking, so I don’t know what the problem is,” Warne quipped.

“Everyone knows I love Richie, but Richie isn’t my player so I can’t wait until the end of the window – although in fairness I did sign him on the last day last time – I need players who are going to come in and play and we are really pleased with Ryan.”

Manning will go straight into the squad for the daunting trip to Leeds on Saturday.

The Irishman was recommended to Warne by a friend at Rangers and says he fits the Millers bill.

“I’ve liked him, we watched a lot of Championship football last year, he is athletic, loves a tackle, is a great bloke, a really nice kid,” Warne added.

“When I was told he might be available I was surprised, I spoke to him and liked what he had to say.

“We got ticked boxes all the way along. We tried to get it wrapped up and he trained on Thursday and looked really good, so will play a part on Saturday for sure.

“He has played 30 plus games in the Champ, so he has the experience, which is not essential but is a bonus.”

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