Date: 17th May 2016 at 8:27am
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As the season has now come to the end for the Millers let’s start having a look back at what happened – starting with pre-season . . . .

May

The pre-season began with Steve Evans saying he`d had to make some tough decisions when Richard Brindley, Mat Sadler, Mark Bradley, Rob Milsom and Tony Thompson all being released by the club while Goalkeeper Scott Loach and Midfielder Conor Newton were put on the transfer list.

Mast Sadler joined Shrewsbury, Rob Milsom moved to Notts County and ‘keeper Tony Thompson signed a shot deal in August with Morecambe.

The players retained were – Adam Collin, Kari Arnason, Kirk Broadfoot,
Richard Wood, Frazer Richardson, Lee Frecklington, Jordan Bowery, Paul Green, Danny Ward, Matt Derbyshire, Richie Smallwood and Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Craig Morgan and Ben Pringle were offered improved contracts which they both turned down.

Chairman, Tony Stewart, however had other things on his mind and told us that he was taking advice on expanding the New York Stadium with Mr Stewart saying, ‘there is no doubt we will be extending.`

12th May saw the new home kit launched which was obviously still red and white but this time with a v-neck. The new away kit was launched a week later and we found out it would be navy with a red trim and be sponsored by Balreed. Ten days later a third kit was put on sale which was yellow with a red trim also sponsored by Balreed.

We also found out in May that Steve Evans and Tony Stewart were making a three-year plan for the club with the Gaffer saying he knew who he wanted to bring in.

June

June began with Tony Stewart telling us there was a ‘win spirit at Rotherham`.

While Steve Evans said he was expecting a busy month in the signing players department Chief Operating Officer Paul Douglas was telling us that the club were in no rush to sign anyone.

The Millers found out that they would be seeded in the Capital One Cup first round draw and soon found out that Cambridge would come to the New York Stadium.

The first summer recruit signed in when Aidy White joined from Leeds United with Joe Mattock joining soon after from Sheffield Wednesday.

Captain Craig Morgan moved down a league to join Wigan Athletic and shortly afterwards Ben Pringle made the move to Fulham.

The fixtures came out and we found out our first game of the 2015/16 season would be at home to MK Dons.

Lewis Buxton was the next new player in after being released by neighbours Sheffield Wednesday.

The end of the month saw midfielder Kari Arnason join Swedish club Malmo for an undisclosed fee.

We also found out that our home game against Burnley was to be televised live on Sky.

As the month drew to a close young defender Danny Rowe signed a three year deal with Wycombe.

July

Former loanee Emmanuel Ledesma joined the Millers and it seems we ‘stole` him from under the noses of Sheffield Wednesday who were reported to have put in a bid for him.

And he was soon followed by defender Danny Collins who came on a free from Nottingham Forest immediately followed by Tom Thorpe who had come through the ranks at Old Trafford.

The seventh signing of the summer soon arrived when Greg Halford joined and next in was Eric Black who joined the backroom staff.

The 8th of the month saw the first pre-season friendly with the Millers playing their usual game against Parkgate FC. Goals from Manu Ledesma, Paul Green (pen), trialists Grant Ward, Danny Ward, Jerry Yates and an own goal from goalie David Reay gave the Millers a comfortable six-nil win.

The next friendly was at the Look Local Stadium against Stocksbridge Park Steels. The Millers won three-nil with goals from Richie Smallwood, Grant Ward and Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Soon after that game Grant Ward signed from Tottenham Hotspur until January and he was followed by former loanee Farrend Rawson and goalkeeper Kelle Roos both from Derby both on loan.

The Millers went on their Scottish Pre-season Tour with the first game being a three-nil win over Greenock Morton. Greg Halford, Lee Frecklington and Jonson Clarke Harris were the Millers scorers.

The second game of the tour was against Dundee with the only goal of the game coming from a twelve yard shot from Paul Green.

The Millers made another signing when Scottish born Chris Maguire joined from Sheffield Wednesday.

Some bad news in July saw Kirk Broadfoot get a ten match ban after a misconduct charge against him was found proven. It was all to do with a ‘spat` Broadfoot and Wigan`s James McClean had when the teams met at the New York Stadium. This was the longest match ban in English football history.

The last game of the Scottish tour saw the Millers draw one-all with Partick Thistle. Matt Derbyshire opened the scoring for the visitors with Sean Welsh equalising in the second half for Thistle.

The Millers first home friendly was against Premier League side Leicester City. The Foxes won two-one with all the goals coming in the second half. The visitors took the lead from a Riyad Mahrez goal with David Nugent getting their second. Grant Ward scored a consolation for the hosts.

The Millers found out that another home game had been moved for TV when Sheffield Wednesday would be the visitors in October.

Danny Collins said he thought the game against Leicester was a good run-out for Rotherham and also in the interview admitted that he`d quite like to captain the Millers this coming season.

August

The last pre-season friendly saw German side FSV Mainz 05 at the New York Stadium. Almost three thousand seven hundred and fifty fans saw the Millers beat the Bundesliga side 2-1. There wasn`t a lot of action in the first half but the German side had the better of the second half and on seventy-two minutes that paid off Leon Balogun slammed the ball into the back of the net. Matt Derbyshire got the equaliser when he curled the ball past Robin Zentner in the Mainz goal and Jordan Bowery scored the second in the final minutes of the game. Eleven brave souls came from Mainz to watch their side and got a standing ovation from the Millers fans when the attendance figure was read out!

As the season was about to begin we were told that Hibernian had turned down a bid from Rotherham for midfielder Scott Allan.

But there was some good news when midfielder Joe Newell joined on a three year deal from Peterborough.

With the new season almost upon us Chairman Tony Stewart was expecting entertaining football while Steve Evans said that the fans would have to wait until the first game to see who got the armband.

Let the season begin . . . .



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