Marek Rodak joins Rotherham as Paul Warne strengthens goalkeeping options

Paul Warne has made his first move in addressing one of his problem areas before Thursday’s transfer deadline by signing Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak on loan until the end of the season.

The Millers boss has been trying to sign a keeper to provide competition for Richard O’Donnell, who has had a testing start to the season, and Warne has succeeded in bringing in the Slovakia Under-21 international for the rest of the campaign.

Rodak spent the second half of last season on loan at Accrington and impressed as Stanley fell short of the play-offs. He will join up with the club next week after the current international break.

 

O’Donnell has played every game for the Millers this season but has not been fully convincing, with question marks over his role in a number of goals conceded.

With Lewis Price, who now could leave the club, not in the matchday squad at all this season due to a niggle, O’Donnell has only had youngster Laurence Bilboe for competition.

Warne said: “He will come in and compete with the keepers we have here for a place in the side.

 

“He got rave reviews for his performances last season, and after watching lots of games we really like him.

“Polly (Mike Pollitt, goalkeeper coach) really likes what he has seen of him, so we are delighted to bring him into the club.

“He is aggressive in that he isn’t afraid to come for crosses, he punches well and he will now come in and compete with Lewis Price and Richard O’Donnell for a place in the side.”

With Rodak’s deal over the line Warne can now turn his attention further up the pitch.

He is keen to bring a defender to the club, while his plans were thrown into disarray at the weekend after the serious injury suffered by Jamie Proctor, who the club fear could be out for some time.

An additional striker was on his mind anyway, but Proctor’s injury might well change the type he was after.

The deadline shuts at 11pm on Thursday, after which only free agents can join the club.

 

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