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Millers sign Championship full-back

Posted: Thu 27 Sep 2012
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Steve Evans strengthens his defensive options...

Rotherham United have completed the signing of Bob Harris from Blackpool on a one-month emergency loan deal, subject to Football League gratification.

Due to complications with Laurence Wilson’s knee injury, it’s unsure when he will be cleared fit to return, and as a result, manager Steve Evans has moved to a sign the highly regarded Championship defender.

Harris, 25, has featured in one nPower Championship fixture for the Seasiders this season, and his participation last year saw him pick up five league appearances as well as playing in a number of cup games. 

The left-back arrived at Bloomfield Road following a four-year spell at Queens of the South where he notched up over 100 league games, averaging almost one goal in 10 of them. 

“I’ve maintained recently that if and when we add to the squad, the players would have to be of a sufficient standard that adds to the quality squad we already have in place,” said manager Steve Evans.

“I have watched Bob on a number of occasions, and each time I have left the ground impressed. He is an accomplished defender, has a sweet left foot, and will offer us some real quality down the left hand side of the pitch.”

The deal in place currently sees Harris join the Millers for a month, but this can be extended to the maximum 93 days if required under the emergency loan ruling.

“I would obviously like to thank Blackpool manager Ian Holloway for his help in signing this young man. The lad is highly regarded at Blackpool but when talking to him this morning, he was aware of what Rotherham United was about and he was very keen to join the Millers. We have done the deal for just a month currently, but subject to performances, that could become three months.

“Let me be absolutely clear, I only want players playing for this football club who are dedicated, motivated and have a real hunger to be successful for what I regard as outstanding supporters. It would only be appropriate that I again acknowledge the support of the Chairman, who has again been keen to ensure we sign quality players.”