Why Neil Redfearn’s appointment at Rotherham United is good for Derby County’s Farrand Rawson

Neil Redfearn

New Rotherham United boss Neil Redfearn worked wonders on the development of Leeds United youth players while at Elland Road.

New Rotherham United boss Neil Redfearn has earned a good reputation for his work with young players during his time in management and coaching, and Derby County could well be the latest team to benefit, indirectly.

After a successful short-term loan spell at Rotherham last season, the Rams once again allowed highly-rated defender Farrend Rawson to head to South Yorkshire to continue his footballing development.

After a slow start to the season, largely due to injury, the Derby defender has been one of Rotherham’s standout players in their battle for survival.

He made his first start of the campaign in the draw against Charlton Athletic in September and has been ever-present to the starting eleven ever since.

The 19-year-old has continued to pick up rave reviews for his performances, despite the club’s lack of form, and has looked every bit of an established Championship player since he made the step up to the level from youth team football last season.

What can Redfearn do to help Rawson reach his potential?

After integrating the likes of Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Charlie Taylor into the Leeds United first team last season, Redfearn could prove to be the perfect choice at Rotherham for Rawson in order to continue his development.

The emphasis on developing young players at Championship level is something Redfearn is obviously passionate about doing and could well take similar steps in his approach of managing the Millers, with his man management skills, and instilling belief into the players working wonders for him previously.

The development of Taylor, who came into the Leeds side on the back of the sale of club captain Stephen Warnock, could be one that allows Derby fans to draw optimism as they look to the former Leeds boss to develop one of their most exciting young talents.

It shows that he has no problem in throwing good young players in at the deep end in the belief they can gain results as well as valuable experience at the same time.

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