Rotherham have high hopes for new loanee Josh Emmanuel

The last time Rotherham were in League One they ended up with a pretty handy young right-back on loan.

While it is far too early to suggest that Josh Emmanuel will have anywhere near the impact that James Tavernier had for the Millers in 2013-14, hopes are high that they have landed a bright talent.

The 19-year-old has become the second player to arrive on a season-long loan from Ipswich, following striker Kieffer Moore earlier in the week.

 

As with Moore, the Tractor Boys have a recall-clause in the deal and can take him back in January.

That is something that may well happen as Emmanuel is highly-regarded at Portman Road, their reluctance to let him go highlighted by his arrival three days later than Moore.

In fact, boss Mick McCarthy had to convince the Ipswich owner Marcus Evans to allow their young talent out on loan.

That his destination is Rotherham is another feather in the cap of boss Paul Warne, whose friendship with Ipswich coach Andy Liddell, and as a result McCarthy, has helped get this deal over the line.

Indeed, the groundwork was laid in Warne’s office after his side had finally ended their Championship drought by beating Ipswich 1-0 at the end of April.

Emmanuel played in that game and impressed the Millers boss.

“He’s someone I spoke to Mick about at the end of last season,” Warne said. “I really like him.

“He’s the type that I want. He’s powerful and athletic. He’s at the right age. I’ve spoken to the player numerous times. He wants to come.”

Emmanuel has been sent to the AESSEAL New York Stadium to get games and will fight with Darnell Fisher for the first-choice spot in Warne’s side.

He will fly to Austria on Thursday evening to join up with his new team-mates ahead of their second friendly against Soproni VSE.

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