Rotherham defender Johnny Mullins' future at the club is in his own hands, according to manager Steve Evans.

The 26-year-old was allowed to join npower League Two rivals Oxford on a three-month loan last week after it emerged that commuting from the West Midlands every day was having an affect on his performances.

Evans wants to see Mullins back at the club, but insists it will need him to compromise on where he is living, saying: "Johnny Mullins is a top player and more importantly a top bloke. It's not conducive to be living in the West Midlands and playing at Rotherham.

"We hope when he comes back we can come to some sort of an agreement where he can be up here for part or most of the week before he goes home.

"He moved up to the area when he joined but he had to move back for personal circumstances and we understand and respect that.

"Sometimes Johnny was waking up and worrying more about the traffic than he was the football, that would only be human if you are going to spend five hours a day driving.

"Hopefully we can find a way through it because he is a top player.

"He certainly has a future, but he decides it. If he says I'm not going to move and I'm not going to commute then he doesn't have a future, it doesn't matter who the manager is, that would come from the football club.

"We spend all week preparing players for 90 minutes, we can't prepare Johnny if he is spending five hours a day driving, it wouldn't happen at the Dog and Duck, never mind anywhere else."