Yorkshire latest: Rotherham defender buoyant; Clough denies reports

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Neil Redfearn explains new duo’s strengths

Leeds United caretaker boss Neil Redfearn has talked up the strengths of a couple of his new recruits.

The Whites brought in Brian Montenegro and Dario Del Fabro towards the end of the transfer window and they have already impressed.

Neither are available to play at the moment, as they haven’t received international clearance, but Redfearn has explained what he is has seen in both in training so far.

“They have fitted in really well. Del Fabro is a footballing centre-half who is comfortable on the ball and has defensive strengths and is good in the air,” he said.

“Montenegro plays off the shoulder and has a bit of pace with an eye for goal. They are additions who will get better.”

Powell impressed already

Huddersfield Town’s new manager Chris Powell says the players have reacted well to his arrival.

Powell took over from Mark Robins in charge of the Terriers last week and he says that the players have adapted to his methods quickly.

“The players have been really receptive to our ideas and methods and I’ve been impressed by the way they have tackled training,” he said.

Gray opens up on fitness issues

Stuart Gray has revealed that Kieran Lee and Sam Hutchinson are doubts for Sheffield Wednesday’s game against Bolton Wanderers.

The goalkeeper and defender have been out through injury and Gray revealed that, although he hoped both were back, he may be without them at the weekend.

“Sam’s just got a slight problem that is on-going and it’s the same with Kieran,” he said.

“The frustrating thing is you want as many players as you can for selection and Sam and Kieran are important players for us.”

Joe Skarz hails Rotherham spirit

Rotherham United defender Joe Skarz says that confidence is high around the club, despite an inconsistent start following promotion.

The Millers are hovering around mid-table, but Skarz says that they are still positive for the future and that they are the hardest working team off the pitch.

“The mood is positive, definitely. It’s really positive,” he said.

“We’ve got a really good bunch of lads here. Nobody trains as hard as we do and nobody tries to improve as much as the lads at this club.”

No problem with Butler, says Clough

Nigel Clough has revealed that rumours of any animosity between him and Andy Butler are false.

The Sheffield United manager brought Butler to the club over the summer from Walsall, but the centre-back has been out of contention so far.

Indeed, it now appears he could be set for a swift exit with a loan move lined up, but Clough says that things are fine between the pair.

“It’s all amicable with Andy,” he said. “He’s training with the first team and if we need him then we’ll use him.

“I don’t know exactly why it’s not worked out as he and we would have hoped but I think the emergence of Harrison McGahey has got as much to do with it as anything.”

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