No hard feelings for Paul Warne as he ships out Darnell Fisher

Despite appearing to be the antithesis of everything that Paul Warne believes in, Darnell Fisher departs the Millers with the boss’ best wishes.

Fisher completed an undisclosed move to Preston on Wednesday, ending his AESSEAL New York Stadium stay just 12 months into a three-year deal.

The right-back was signed for a fee last summer, another player brought to the club from north of the border by maligned boss Alan Stubbs which failed to deliver.

 

Warne did not take long to identify that Fisher was not the type of character that he wanted to be in his new-look squad and was keen to off-load him this summer.

Despite 35 appearances that, bar the odd exception, were below par in the Championship last season, Preston have been tempted to spend cash on taking him to Deepdale.

He follows Dexter Blackstock, who was a confidant of Fisher’s in the dressing room, and Kirk Broadfoot in leaving the club with time left on their contract as Warne tries to rebuild the club after Stubbs’ horror three months in charge.

“I wish him all the best. I’ve got no hard feelings,” the boss said. “He wasn’t part of my plans here. If people aren’t going to play, there’s no point them sticking around picking up wages.

“I’m happy for them to move on. I’ve done that with a few and will potentially do it with another one or two.

“I’m pretty happy with my squad. They’re all together.”

Josh Emmanuel, the Ipswich loanee, will be Warne’s first-choice right-back, but there is no specialist cover following Fisher’s departure.

Warne has potential options in the squad but he also is considering offering a deal to former Millers player Frazer Richardson, who is training at the club.

 

The 34-year-old has yet to discuss terms on what would likely be a pay-as-you-play deal, but is keen to re-sign for the club.

Warne said of Richardson: “Darnell leaving obviously gives Frazer a better opportunity of a deal.
“We’re doing each other a favour really. He’s happy to come and train and I’m happy for him to come in and train.
“There isn’t an immediate rush. I’ve got until the end of August to get another right-back in.”

 

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