Kieffer Moore is preparing for what could be his last game for Rotherham at Walsall on Saturday, with Ipswich recalling him when the January transfer window opens.
Moore has had a spectacular temporary spell at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, scoring 13 goals, and for a long-time was the talk of the Football League with his goalscoring exploits.
But has the striker done enough to warrant the title of Rotherham’s best ever loanee? Here’s a look at five other contenders.
When former Nottingham Forest striker Jemson arrived at Millmoor with three months left of the 1995-96 season, not many would have expected him to have forged his name in the club’s history. Jemson had already impressed in the league, forming a strong partnership with Shaun Goater, but it was at Wembley in the Auto Windscreens Shield Trophy final where he secured fame, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over Shrewsbury.
Rarely has one man had such an impact on a team’s turnaround than Carl Robinson, who revived Rotherham’s fortunes in the early 2003-04 season. The Millers had won just one game and scored only one goal by the time Robinson arrived from Portsmouth on loan in late September. With his ball-keeping ability and vision for a pass, he made Ronnie Moore’s men tick and they shot up the league. In his 16 appearances for the Millers he was on the losing side just twice – a run which ensured there was no relegation fight.
The tenacious midfielder was sent to Millmoor by Sheffield United free of charge along with Jonathan Forte as the club battled perilous money problems in 2005-06 and it turned out to be quite a freebie. With his cultured left foot and battling ability, Quinn endeared himself to a grateful Tivoli crowd as he helped fight off League One relegation. He made 16 appearances in total and is still remembered fondly.
During his six months at the Millers James Tavernier made a case for himself to be the best ever right-back in the club’s history – even though he played more of a winger. Signed from Newcastle halfway through the 2013-14 League One campaign, Tavernier was a class act, getting up and down the flank with pace and aggression and starting off many a counter attack. He was dangerous too, scoring five goals and making plenty more. His final act in a Millers shirt was to score a vital penalty in the shootout against Leyton Orient at Wembley.
Has there ever been a more explosive loan spell than Dicko’s at Rotherham? The striker came from Wigan a couple of weeks before Tavernier and his debut against Carlisle was the only game he did not score in. The Frenchman went on to bag six times in the next five games, including two against Wolves, which ended up being his last game. The Millers could have done without that brace as he was recalled by Wigan and then promptly sold to Wolves.