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The players who swapped Rotherham for Bury

The running jokes about Rotherham being a feeder club for Bury were in full swing well before midfielder Rob Milsom became the sixth player to swap New York for Gigg Lane in the last 13 months.

While rumours of the Lancashire club changing their kit colours to red and white and their nickname to the Millers may be misplaced, it cannot be disputed that there will be a dominant Rotherham influence in the Bury dressing room, enhanced further by the presence of former favourite Chris Sedgwick.

As well as talk of Pop nightclub and the roadworks on Main Street, there is sure to be plenty of Steve Evans bashing going on as most will have left Rotherham with an axe to grind.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of Richard Brindley's and Ryan Hall's loan exit from the club earlier this week was that they didn't join the Shakers.

Here's a look at those players who have swapped the M1 for the M66 over the last year.

Danny Hylton (moved Oct 2013)

There's a fair chance that Hylton signed for the Millers on the back of an impressive hat-trick against them in the FA Cup as there was little else to suggest he was up to the task. He arrived at New York well below fitness and managed just one substitute's appearance before being sent to Gigg Lane. Injury restricted that spell to seven games before heading back out on loan to AFC Wimbledon.

Daniel Nardiello (moved Nov 2013)

A lot of Rotherham fans were up in arms when Steve Evans allowed Nardiello to join Bury last November, despite his goals firing them to promotion just a few months earlier. Evans was insistent (rightly as it turned out) that the former Manchester United man would not get game time and the deal was made permanent in January.

Pablo Mills (moved Jan 2014)

Mills' return to Rotherham after three years away was one of the more surprising deals of Evans' repertoire in the transfer market. He signed on a short-term deal in August of last season having been released by Conference Macclesfield, but managed only 12 appearances before leaving for Gigg Lane on a free transfer in January.

Nicky Adams (moved May 2014)

Adams spent only 106 days with the Millers following his January transfer window move from Crawley last season. After initially looking as if he could be an asset with his creativity on the right, he fell out with Evans over what was expected of him in a defensive capacity and was sold to the Shakers for a profit before the campaign was even over.

Nicky Adams' stay at Rotherham was short-lived.

Scott Loach (moved Nov 2014)

Arriving at the Millers in the summer as one of Evans' marquee signings, Loach failed to break into the side ahead of Wembley hero Adam Collin. When he did an error at Ipswich saw him dropped and unable to get back into the team. He went to Bury earlier this month in search of first-team games, with a 24-hour recall clause.

Rob Milsom (moved Nov 2014)

His early-season performances last year earned Milsom a lengthy contract, but the second half of the promotion-winning campaign was restricted by injury and Richie Smallwood's impressive performances. The former Aberdeen man came on at Wembley but picked up an injury in pre-season which has curtailed any involvement and his move to Bury until January was announced this week. He is a key candidate for being struck down with the curse of the Millers loan move.

Rotherham v Bury tale of the tape

Founded: Rotherham 1880, Bury 1885
FA Cups: Rotherham 0, Bury 2
Record win: Rotherham 8-0, Bury 8-0
Record attendance: Rotherham 25,170, Bury 35,000
Record transfer fee: Rotherham £400,000, Bury £200,000
Famous Fans: Rotherham Chuckle Brothers, Bury Mike Reid

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