Paul Warne has hinted Dominic Ball could leave Rotherham after labelling the defender’s season as “horrendous”.
Warne, often accused of being too pally with his players, did not mince his words when reviewing Ball’s first campaign at the Millers.
“I asked him what he thought of his season. He said he thought it was all right. I said I thought it was horrendous,” the boss said.
“If I had had his season, I would have thought it was a waste of a season really. It was a little bit through his own fault, a little bit not.”
The 21-year-old was signed by Alan Stubbs from Tottenham for a six-figure fee, having impressed at Rangers, but he found life tougher south of the border.
He was part of a defence that leaked goals at an alarming rate and his deficiencies were laid bare when he was run ragged by Chris O’Grady in Warne’s first game in charge at Burton.
Warne saw enough at the Pirelli Stadium and did not select him again, sending him out on an ill-fated loan spell to Peterborough – a move that ended early when Ball fell out with Posh boss Grant McCann.
Ball played in both central defence and central midfield, but with the signings of Semi Ajayi, Michael Ihiekwe and a new contract for Richard Wood, Warne does not fancy him getting much game time.
“If he comes back and competes, he could potentially be right-back cover,” Warne added.
“He’ll come back and compete. I also said to him, if he wants guaranteed football his future might be elsewhere.
“I expect him to come back pre-season and we’ll take it from there.”