Paul Warne admits Rotherham squad is short of bodies

Rotherham boss Paul Warne admits his squad is short of bodies as preparations for the new season continue.

The Millers have returned from a gruelling week-long trip to Austria and Warne declared it a success.

They played two friendlies, drawing 0-0 with SKU Amstetten and then ending the camp with a 1-0 success over SC Wiener Neustadt, where Anthony Forde had to play right-back and Ryan Williams played in central midfield.


Warne says that highlighted how his group is a little stretched, with only three new additions made so far, and that is likely to be the case again as his squad is split in two for friendlies at Stocksbridge and Sheffield FC on Tuesday.

“It does show that we are a few bodies short and we ended the game with Fordey at right back and Willo playing centre mid,” Warne admitted.

“That’s not a problem because the lads can play in a number of different positions and they learn different parts of the game but we are looking forward to bringing some new faces in.”

Warne has had a frustrating time in his search for new signings so far.

He had hoped to have goalkeeper Marek Rodak back at the club for the start of pre-season training, but his situation at Fulham changed.

With number one Marcus Bettinelli injured and number two David Button joining Brighton, Rodak has started both of the Cottagers’ first two friendlies and is currently on their seven-day pre-season visit to France.

Another loan target Ryan Yates has also been out of the country with Nottingham Forest, but is now back in the country.

Warne is on the look-out for a goalkeeper, right-back, central defender and central midfielder.



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