‘I haven’t spoken to Mick’ – League One goal machine Moore happy to stay at Rotherham

Kieffer Moore in pre-season action for Ipswich Town. Photo: �INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Kieffer Moore in pre-season action for Ipswich Town. Photo: �INPHO/Ryan Byrne - Credit: �INPHO/Ryan Byrne

League One goal machine Kieffer Moore says he’d be happy to stay on loan at Rotherham United, revealing he has not spoken to Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy about his future.

The 6ft 5in striker took his tally for the season to 13 with a last-gasp equaliser in a South Yorkshire derby at Doncaster on Saturday, with no-one in the top five tiers of English football having netted more league goals.

Blues boss McCarthy recently watched him in action during a 3-1 defeat at AFC Wimbledon and hinted he may recall the 25-year-old from his season-long loan spell at the start of the new year.

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“It’s not in my hands,” said Moore, who Town signed from National League side Forest Green Rovers for just £10k back in January and subsequently made 11 substitute appearances in the Championship totalling around 140 minutes of action.

“I don’t really have a say in it. Of course, I would be happy to stay, but it’s out of my hands. I haven’t spoken to Mick.”

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He added: “I am enjoying my football and enjoying scoring goals. Hopefully it continues.

“I always believe I am going to score every game. It’s a mantra I have. I am a positive person. I am delighted to score my 13th of the season and long may it continue.

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“It’s a culmination of everything – great staff, great manager, great everything. I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t have the support or the assists I am getting. I am striding with confidence and I believe I am playing the best football I have ever played.”

Joe Garner (4), Martyn Waghorn (8), David McGoldrick (7) and Bersant Celina (6) have bagged 25 goals between them in all competitions for Town, with Freddie Sears also in the forward mix.

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Several other League One clubs are understood to be preparing bids for Moore – who is contracted until the end of this season – is made available for sale.

Millers boss Paul Warne said: “Kieffer is a brilliant kid. Obviously I would like to sign him. Wherever he ends up, he will be a great acquisition for someone and I wish him all the best.”

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McCarthy recently said: “The more he’s scoring goals, the view is that he’s more likely to come back here at Christmas and see whether he can replicate it in the Championship.”

Young Blues right-back Josh Emmanuel is also on loan at Rotherham for the season, but has been restricted to just six league starts thus far.

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