Paul Warne channels Neil Warnock as Rotherham’s striking contingent grows

They only worked together for three months, but one of Neil Warnock’s managerial policies has already rubbed off on Paul Warne.

Warnock, who had Warne as a fitness coach for his short tenure at the Millers last year, is famous, particularly at Sheffield United, for having a plethora of strikers at his disposal.

In his first few months at the job, Warne has joked on several occasions that he follows Warnock’s mantra, insisting you can never have too many front men.


And he is putting that to practice as he further strengthened his attacking options with the capture of Ipswich striker Kieffer Moore.

The 24-year-old has joined on a season-long loan, though could be recalled by the Championship club in January, and follows David Ball and Jamie Proctor through the door this summer.

With Jonson Clarke-Harris and Jerry Yates already at the club, that takes Warne’s tally of strikers to five, six if you include Dexter Blackstock, though Warne is likely to have no intention of using the former Nottingham Forest man, who could leave the club before the season starts.

Ball and Proctor have already showcased their talents with a brace each in Saturday’s annual thumping of Parkgate and Moore will get the chance to follow suit in the Millers’ first pre-season outing in Austria on Tuesday.


“We are delighted to bring Kieffer into the club,” Warne said.

“He played against us last year and did well. We spoke to a few people about him and it was all good news.

“He has got some amazing attributes. He is really keen and ready to learn. He is very athletic and very strong and it is another striker to add to our attacking force.

“Kieffer’s arrival now gives us more options. I have always said the more strikers and the more competition I can get up front the better.


“He will play a part in the game tomorrow night and I look forward to seeing how he shapes up.”

Even if Moore does impress and Clarke-Harris succeeds in his battle to win over Warne, the boss’ striking recruitment might not end there.

There are funds available for Warne to bring in a marquee signing and he is persevering with some long-term targets, though the chase for Forest Green’s Christian Doidge appears to have ended as the new League Two club insist they will not sell at this stage.




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