Paul Warne admits that getting his impressive loan players back at the club is going to be a challenge.
Richie Towell, Josh Emmanuel and Marek Rodak all impressed on their season-long stays as Rotherham won promotion back to the Championship.
Towell has already stated his desire to return, though is at the hands of Brighton, while Warne thinks Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League could strengthen his case for getting Rodak back.
Emmanuel looks the unlikeliest to return, given the Millers are now in the same division as his parent club Ipswich, whose new boss Paul Hurst got a close look at the right-back last season while at Shrewsbury.
Caolan Lavery also spent the second half of the campaign on loan from Sheffield United, but is now a free agent following his release from Bramall Lane. He would be available to sign if Warne wants him back, but there is no suggestion that is the case.
Whatever happens, Warne is expecting a challenge.
“They have done brilliantly, the loan players have been excellent and I would love to keep all of them but I have got a funny feeling it might not be as easy as I hope,” the boss said.
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“I would like to keep the group together and improve it, I don’t really want to lose three of them straight away, but they are not my players, they are somebody else’s, those clubs will be pleased with us for what we have done with their players.”
Warne is returning to work in the next 24 hours after his family holiday to Majorca as he plans for life back in the Championship.
Even if he cannot get Towell, Rodak and Emmanuel back to the club, he still intends to use the loan market.
He added: “What has been a massive success this year, which has been key this year and will be key again next year, is that the loan market enables you have to players you possibly couldn’t afford, that’s the truth.”