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Five 'who knows what their real position is' players who have played for Rotherham

With striker Matt Derbyshire currently excelling in left midfield, it's got us thinking to other players who have done a job for Rotherham in a number of different positions, so much so that we don't actually know what their regular position is.

Here's five players to have pulled on the Millers shirt who can be described as 'utility'.

Greg Halford

Part of the current crop which has propelled the Millers to the brink of safety, after a dire start to his time at the club Halford has proved his worth playing a number of positions. He started the season at right-back before an ill-fated move to central defence nearly ended his Millers career. His final appearance for five months came in a striking role at Brighton, but the lifeline handed to him by Neil Warnock has seen him play right midfield, central defence, right-back and central midfield, where he has settled into the role with aplomb.

Rob Scott

Scott was brought to Millmoor by Ronnie Moore in 1998 as a striker from Fulham. However, it did not take long for Scott to showcase his defensive ability and, after a brief stint on the right of midfield, he moved to central defence, also playing in a sweeper role. As the Millers moved into the second tier Scott, a long throw specialist, found himself at right-back.

Paul Warne

Warne arrived at the club shortly after Scott, also as a striker, and soon hit the goal trail. He stayed as a frontman through the club's double rise from Division Three, playing as part of a two-man and three-man pronged attack. But the higher up the Millers got the less effective he became in a striking role so Moore utilised him in both a wide right and wide left position. 

Shaun Barker

Barker is another player who had the utility tag during Moore's reign and then beyond. He came into the side from the youth team, mullet and all, as a right-back but soon found himself in a defensive central midfield role. But he soon moved back into defence and made his name as a marauding central defender.

Neil Richardson

The north-easterner stayed at Millmoor for a decade so it is no surprise that he filled a number of positions. A centre-back by trade, he also regularly donned the number 2 shirt at right-back. Like Barker and Halford, he often played in a defensive midfield role, showing his versatility. But what stands Richardson apart from the rest is that he even kept goal for the Millers, taking the gloves off Bobby Mimms in 1997 before the days of seven substitutes. Best not to ask him how he got on, though, as he conceded a goal, gave a penalty away and was sent off!

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