League Two Preview 2011/12: Rotherham United

The combined League Two Season Preview with @maxihobbs and @greenwichgull rolls on as I take a look at the chances of Rotherham United, who will be looking to be challenging for promotion once more despite slipping out of a playoff place last season.

More Season Previews can be found via the links at the foot of this post!

Recap of last season

An early season stint in the top three had the Millers fans dreaming of League One. But a second half of a season to forget saw them finish outside of the top seven, during which they replaced Ronnie Moore with Andy Scott as manager.

Personnel in

Striker Gareth Evans is a decent acquisition on a free transfer from League Two rivals Bradford City. Evans was part of a financial reshape at Valley Parade and that’s worked in the favour of the Millers who quickly got their man.

Ben Pringle (Derby, free)

Troy Brown (Ipswich, free)

Lewis Grabban (Brentford, free)

Conrad Logan (Leicester, loan)

Luke Foster (Stevenage, free)

Personnel out

Striker Ryan Taylor has left Rotherham to join Championship side Bristol City on a three year deal. The 23-Year-Old scored 23 times for the Millers over a stop-start career with the club.

Meanwhile, Nicky Law has made the jump to the SPL by signing for Motherwell on a free.

Nick Fenton (released)

Stephen Brogan (released)

Jamie Green (released)

Luke Ashworth (released)

Kevin Ellison (Morecambe, free)

Grant Darley (released)

Strengths

Rotherham had the seconnd most shots per game last season in League Two and scored three times or more in twelve matches which was the joint third best in the entire Football League.

Weaknesses

The Don Valley stadium, an arena in comparison to Brighton’s old Withdean home in terms of atmosphere. Thankfully for the Millers this should be the final season spent at the athletics ground.

Key man

Adam Le Fondre – 50 goals in 92 games tells its own story and its remarkable that the striker is still at the club. If they manage to keep hold of him, another promotion challenge is on the cards.

One to watch

Chris Holroyd – If Le Fondre is to depart at some point, new signing Holroyd could be the ready made replacement. Scored six times in twelve games for Stevenage whilst on loan from Brighton last season before a short stint at Bury so knows the division and has the pedigree to be successful.

Outlook

A side that are always around and about the top places at this level, Rotherham should be there again and I think a playoff place should be theirs this time around.

Predictions Ben:If they can hang on to ALF, top 7 should be the expectation, although I can’t see them troubling the automatic promotion slots.Danny: At least a playoff place, if not pushing top three.Maxi: Top 7.
Other League Two Previews (so far)

AFC Wimbledon: http://bit.ly/nNEGfl

Accrington Stanley: http://bit.ly/rex3dt

Aldershot Town: http://bit.ly/pRYATg

Barnet: http://bit.ly/pROnxq

Bradford City: http://bit.ly/mSLoFU

Bristol Rovers: http://bit.ly/ncn3LD

Burton Albion: http://bit.ly/rknJOQ

Cheltenham Town: http://bit.ly/ng6urV

Crawley Town: http://bit.ly/nJyS0B

Crewe Alexandra: http://bit.ly/pyTBTE

Dagenham and Redbridge: http://bit.ly/nMv5Un

Hereford United: http://bit.ly/nCxyFI

Gillingham: http://bit.ly/qfrw7v

Macclesfield Town: http://bit.ly/nX1xrp

Morecambe: http://bit.ly/plqkeF

Northampton Town: http://bit.ly/nlehBF

Plymouth Argyle: http://bit.ly/nGEZCY

Rotherham United: http://bit.ly/ovben9

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