It’s been a bit like buses at the New York Stadium since tea-time today with Rotherham United making not just their first summer signing but their second as well.
Both defender Clark Robertson and striker Kyle Vassell have left Bloomfield Road and Blackpool to join the Millers, both on free transfers.
After signing for the Millers twenty-four-year-old Clark told Freeview that the deal had been in the pipeline for a while and he was ‘buzzing’ to finally get it over the line. ‘I came down a month ago and met the Manager and he was desperate to get me through the door,’ the former Aberdeen forward said, ‘and when you are made to feel that wanted then it makes you want to come. And I think coming here now is the right fit at the right time.’
So with Robertson coming in that means the Millers have five central-midfielders on their books –
Semi Ajayi, Richard Wood, Michael Ihiekwe and Manny Onariase being the other four. Of course, Onariase’s only two games in a Rotherham shirt were in the Checkatrade Trophy and he spent the last half of the season on loan at Cheltenham and we obviously have to have back-up players for every position in case of injuries or suspensions so I don’t suppose five is too many. On the other hand, can we keep five centre-mids happy?
Twenty-six-year-old Kyle is a striker and told Freeview that he was ‘delighted’ to finally be a Miller after having a trial a few years ago. ‘It’s a great club and a great opportunity for me,’ the former Peterborough player said. ‘Paul Warne told me that he would improve me and get the best out of me. One of my goals has always been to play in the Championship so to have the opportunity to do so is massive.’
Kyle will have to push the likes of Jamie Proctor, David Ball, Michael Smith, Jerry Yates and Alex Bray to get a chance of starting although Bray and Yates haven’t been much in the Manager’s mind for starts this season with Bray spending the latter part on loan at Forest Green, scoring once in eleven games.
So, after waiting and wondering for the last couple of weeks we now have two new players in the ranks – what does everyone think?