Marek Rodak has justified Fulham’s decision to send him back to Rotherham, boss Paul Warne says.
The Slovakian goalkeeper is enjoying a second successive season-long loan at the Millers and has impressed in the Championship this term.
Only Cameron Dawson at Sheffield Wednesday has made more saves than Rodak and – barring two uncharacteristic errors in the defeat at Birmingham – has been a solid last line of defence.
The Premier League side were always keen to allow him to develop at the AESSEAL New York Stadium and Warne reckons they will be pleased with what they will be seeing.
“I think he is performing really well, if we were in League One it would have been difficult to get him back,” Warne said.
“I think Fulham are happy because he is playing every week, unless he is going to go back to Fulham and play there is a good chance he is going to stay here for the season.
“Or someone from higher up the division might come in for him but that’s out of my control.
“He is having a really good season so far and the more the back five can play together the better.
“He is obviously going to have an error in him. You watch Match of the Day you see errors all the day. He is pretty safe and confident.”
Rodak, who is currently away on international duty with Slovakia Under-21, has also won the fans over after they initially took some convincing in his early days in the side, with some unsettled by his tendency to punch routine crosses.
But Warne has always loved that side to his game and is also impressed by his humility.
“I loved his character,” the boss said.
“Someone might sign him after us and say he had the courage to go to Accrington in League Two, he then went to Rotherham in League One, he then played for Rotherham in the Championship, he is not a football snob.
“The reason I signed him was because I want my goalkeepers to be cavalier, I want them to punch things, I don’t want them to flap at things obviously.
“I want them to be brave and I think it is a dying art, it is hard to be that brave and when he first came in, fans were dubious.
“We can’t sign a 25-year-old Premier League goalkeeper so every signing we make has a little bit of risk, but we have to sign people with potential. I definitely saw the potential in Marek.”