Rotherham United have three players ‘first team’ players out on loan at the moment – Matty Palmer at Bradford, Jamie Proctor at Scunthorpe and Jerry Yates at Swindon Town – all with the option of a January re-call which Millers Manager Paul Warne isn’t thinking of doing.
Matty Palmer arrived at the New York Stadium just under a year ago and played around twenty games in all competitions before going to Valley Parade (the Northern Commercials Stadium) at the beginning of the season and has made twelve League Two appearances for them. Jamie Proctor’s time with the Millers has been hampered with injury making just six appearances in his first season and eighteen last season, although he did score four goals. After five games with the Millers this season he joined the Iron in September and has played eleven games with one goal to his name. Coming through the ranks with Rotherham Jerry Yates has had various loan spells spending last season with Carlisle before being recalled in January and this season back in League Two with Swindon where he has scored eleven goals in twenty-two appearances.
Speaking to The Star the Millers Boss said, ‘All the players out on loan are there to get games. I’ll assess the situation later this month but, if we get others in, they may stay out.’
Of course, the ‘threat’ of fetching our on-loan players back to other clubs works the other way with the Millers having four loan players at the New York Stadium at the present time. Goalkeeper Daniel Iversen is the one that we’ve seen murmurings about Leicester taking him back but Warney said, ‘If an amazing club came in for Dan then Leicester might think that it would do him good to go there. But I think Leicester are really pleased with how he’s playing and the situation he’s in here. He’s playing every week.’
Rotherham also have Dan Barlaser on loan from Newcastle, who has made twenty-one appearances, Jake Hastie from Rangers who has scored three times in sixteen games and Carlton Morris, in his second loan spell with the Millers from Norwich who has played eight games.
I’d be surprised if Barlaser and Morris don’t finish the season with us but there has been the rumour that Rangers aren’t too happy with the lack of game time Hastie has been getting here.
This has always been the problem with loan players, you are in the lap of their parent clubs as to if you can keep them or not – some go back because they aren’t getting the minutes their club think they should and some go back because they are doing that well their home club thinks they could do them a job or go out and get experience higher up the chain.
We will have to wait and see what happens when that window is open next month.