Date: 9th July 2020 at 9:21am
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Rotherham United have used the loan system for many years – some managers more than others – with current manager Paul Warne probably getting the best out of the system.

Last season the Millers Boss brought in six loan players, four of who were still with us at the end of the season (the two Daniels- Iverson and Barlaser – Hakeeb Adelakun and Josh Karoma) while two, Carlton Morris and Jake Hastie both went back to their parent clubs in January and both being loaned out to other clubs again. And it looks like next season won’t be much different with the Gaffer telling the Official Site that loan recruitment could be key to next seasons Championship campaign. But, saying that, with this season not yet ending for the top two tiers of English football he expects getting players on loan from there will be difficult.

Saying that he is really concentrating on making decisions about loan players at the moment Warney said, ‘Potentially if we are loaning a player from a top Championship team or a Premier League team, they won’t be finishing for another three or four weeks which means they might not be back in pre-season until mid-August so it might be then when we find out if they will be released to us. In terms of loan recruitment it’s a bit of a blow and it’s whether we hang out for who we want or do we react to the ones that are available sooner.’

I’m never sure if I agree with loaning players in and out. I think it could go one of three ways – firstly a player could come in after being injured the previous season to get ‘games under his belt’ then leave when he can to go elsewhere meaning we have to find someone to take over in that position pretty smartish, or he could come in and not really be that bothered about the side he’s playing for as, after all, it’s only a loan and he won’t be stopping while it could be that the player comes in, settles and really enjoys his time and wants to stay if possible.

I have to say at Rotherham I think we’ve seen all three of those scenarios BUT usually Paul Warne’s loan signings have been spot on.

Let’s hope that continues into next season – and, I’ve said it before, I’d have any of those four lads who finished the season on loan with us back without any hesitation.

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