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ROTHERHAM UNITED manager Ronnie Moore has handed a trial to Manchester City goalkeeper Brian Murphy, with a view to possibly bringing the youngster to Millmoor in the summer.

Republic of Ireland Under-20 international Murphy has been told by Citizens boss Kevin Keegan that he will not receive a new deal at Maine Road, with his current contract due to expire at the end of the season.

Murphy spent time on loan at Division Two side Oldham Athletic in January and recently had an unsuccessful trial with Peterborough United earlier this month.

The 19-year-old has impressed The Millers so far and will obtain a chance to shows his abilities in Rotherham's reserves on Wednesday, when they face their counterparts from Sheffield United.

"We will looking at him all week and he'll play for the reserves on Wednesday. He'll also be in and around what we can afford for another keeper," said Moore.

"We need to start having a look at people for next season.

"Brian is not as commanding as Mike Pollitt but, from what I've seen, he's done alright."

Should Murphy make the move to South Yorkshire for next season, Moore may possibly lose the teenager to some international duty next autumn.

The custodian will likely be called up by Republic of Ireland Under-20 boss Gerry Smyth for the rearranged World Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates next November and December.

Murphy's trial comes as The Millers were informed that Pollitt will miss the rest of the season after tearing medial knee ligaments in the 2-0 defeat at struggling Stoke City.

The 31-year-old missed last Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City and, with the club safely positioned in mid-table, Pollitt feels no pressure to return before the season's end.

"It's still a bit sore but I'm back in training on the weights," said Pollitt.

"To be honest, it's pointless playing unless it feels right because I want to be fit and ready again for pre-season training."