Date: 1st February 2018 at 10:08am
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Rotherham United have done a bit of business in the January Transfer Window so let’s take a quick look back to see what’s what and who is where.

New Year’s Day saw Millers Manager Paul Warne telling us that he didn’t believe ‘we need a lot’ to add to the squad.

Rotherham United did put in a bid for departing striker Kieffer Moore who was our top scorer (still is) when on loan from Ipswich Town. We were all hopeful of getting him but knew there were other bids out there. After being linked with various clubs, particularly Peterborough, the tall striker joined Barnsley but hasn’t managed to score yet in his three appearances.

Defender Emmanuel Onariase went out on loan to Cheltenham Town and has made five appearances up to now for the League Two side.

Goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell left the Millers joining Northampton Town on a two-and-a-half year contract. In the three games he’s played for the Cobblers he’s helped them get seven points, although hasn’t kept a clean sheet.

The first person through the door was Michael Smith who signed for an ‘undisclosed fee’ on the 11th of the month from Bury. After two appearances from the bench the tall forward scored on this first start for the club in the two-nil home win over Bradford.

A few of us – nay, more than a few – were sad to see club captain Lee Frecklington leave. Being the last of the ‘Wembley Play-Off Finalists’ at the club, Frecks moved back to his home side Lincoln City scoring on his debut.

There was a few rumours saying that central defender Richard Wood was off to Chesterfield – that never materialised and the thirty-two year old went on to sign an extension to his contract.

Half-way through the month Rotherham were being linked with Walsall midfielder Erthun Oztumer – nothing came of it.

Meanwhile young strker Kuda Muskwe found himself back out on loan, this time with Sheffield FC.

Will Vaulks was being linked with various clubs with Warney coming out saying ‘he’s going nowhere’.

We were being heavily linked with Shamrock Rovers’ young forward Michael O’Connor and the rumours had it that he’d had a medical and was close to putting his name on a contract – well, that was another that never happened.

But on the 25th of the month Matty Palmer joined from Burton Albion, again for an ‘undisclosed’ fee, signing a two-and-a-half year contract.

Two days before the end of the window the Millers brought in forward Caolan Lavery on a loan deal until the end of the season from Sheffield United.

With four hours to go until the window closed winger Alex Bray joined League Two strugglers Forest Green Rovers, initially on loan until the end of the season.

And after Millers fans thought striker Jonson Clarke-Harris was bound for Chesterfield there was a bit of a U-Turn but as the clock ran down he joined former Millers Boss Mark Robins at Coventry City on loan until the end of the season but with a view to a more permanent deal.

So that’s it for the January Transfer Window for another year – three in, a couple out and a couple out on loan. And I’d say that it’s not been bad business for the Millers.



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