RUFC - Warne Hoping That Kieffer Will Stay
Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne says that he doesn't know where striker Kieffer Moore's future lies.
It's nearly always the first question asked in interviews with the Millers Boss 'what about Kieffer' and this week it seems that Ipswich Manager Mick McCarthy has indicated he wants him back.
The tall centre-forward joined the Millers at the start of the season on a season long loan from Ipswich but being top scorer in English football at the moment he has, obviously, been attracting scouts from other clubs - and some of those have been clubs from higher leagues.
Most of the Millers fans would be disappointed to lose Kieffer in January (yes, 'season long loan' means very little these days whether it's written on paper on in blood), but most of us are expecting Ipswich to recall him. Hopefully if that happens it will be to help his parent club out or at least to go to a club in the Championship or above and not for him to be sold on to another League One side and come up against us.
The lad, on more than one occasion, has said he's enjoying his football here (well, you would be while you're scoring) and is also happy in the dressing room.
And we all know that Warney wants to keep him as he told Radio Sheffield, 'Every day in training he's trying to be the best he can be and that's all we can ask of him.
'Obviously I want his future to be here and we'll do everything to make that happen.
'There's a long time between now and January and, for example we could offer a good deal which we think is affordable however I am aware that anyone from any other league can come in and blow us out of the water.
'Which is why we are doing a lot behind the scenes to try and replace him if he does go but I'd like to think this is where his future lies. But, whatever, we need to look about getting replacements in for him, and all the players, in January because they might pick up injuries.
'Kieffer has never had so many games on the trot, he's never, I don't think, performed at this level and he's never scored this many goals. He's really happy here and if you asked Kieffer himself he'd say the same and he's proud to lead the line.
'He's fitter and stronger and more confident than when he first came in and I think when the opposition see his name on the team sheet they go 'ohh' and when they see him in the tunnel and know what he can they probably think 'I don't fancy this' .
'He is an asset of Ipswich Town who have let us loan him but who hold most of the cards.'
Asked if due to his goal ratio the price has gone up for the striker, Warney laughed saying, 'Yes I would say that is the case.'
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