Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne says that permanent deals are easier to do than loan deals.
Speaking to Freeview the Millers Boss said, ‘With players you want on loan some managers often want to see how the player goes on in pre-season before deciding if they want to send them out on loan or not which is why you have to be a bit more patient when you are trying to get loan players in.’
I suppose I can understand that. You wouldn’t want to send out a player on loan when he might be able to do a job for you in the coming season. But, on the other hand, it would be better for the club who are taking the player to get them as quickly as they can to fit them into their plans.
I’ve never really liked the idea of loan players – yes, I know we’ve had many over the years at Rotherham who have done very well for us – but I just feel that, unless they are playing for a contract, why would you want to do well for a club you aren’t actually attached too?
We’ve also had some loan players who we’ve thought were here for the season who have then been called back by their parent club before the season is out – we’ve even done that ourselves for instance with Jerry Yates last season.
And, at the end of the season, your loan players mostly go back to their parent clubs having now got experience or to go out on loan somewhere else so you have to start again getting someone in to replace them for the new season. Which, is OK if it’s just one or two, but when it’s four or five and they aren’t being released early, to me, it could completely alter how you want your pre-season to pan out.
The loan rules are that any club can have up to eight loan players but only a maximum of five can be in any one matchday squad.
I’d like it to come in that, say, for a two year period loans aren’t happening for any team from anywhere. It might be interesting to see how some clubs do with a rule like that. Though, I doubt that it will ever happen.
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