Loan players Marek Rodak, Josh Emmanuel and Richie Towell were all integral to last season’s success for Rotherham as they helped deliver promotion glory.
Boss Paul Warne was keen to get all three back this term, but so far has been unable to do so.
Here’s a look at how they are getting on at their respective parent clubs in pre-season.
Rodak was expected to be back at the Millers in time for the start of pre-season last week but things hit a snag believed to be due to David Button’s protracted move to Brighton. The Cottagers are keeping hold of him for now, but the Slovakian could still be back at Rotherham before the start of the season.
He played 45 minutes in the Premier League club’s first friendly of the summer against Crawley on Saturday.
On Monday, Rodak was at Wimbledon, supporting his compatriot Dominika Cibulkova before moving to Centre Court to watch Rafael Nadal.
The Ipswich right-back always looked the least likeliest to return to the AESSEAL New York Stadium, given the Millers are now in the same division as his parent club, who rate him highly. Their new boss Paul Hurst also got a good look at him and looks set to have him as part of his first-team squad.
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The teenager has been part of the Ipswich group that has been in Spain for the last week. He played in their friendly with Kilmarnock over the weekend.
Towell was a key player for the Millers last season and expressed a desire to return to the Millers. The club are understood to have pursued a permanent deal, with a fee agreed, but wages are a sticking point.
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The Irishman is back in training with the Seagulls and is in Austria on their pre-season training camp. They don’t play their first friendly until Saturday.