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Millers land Magpies defender

28 November 2013

Rotherham United complete the emergency loan signing of James Tavernier...

Rotherham United have completed the emergency loan signing of Newcastle United defender James Tavernier.

The Bradford-born full-back signed his paperwork this morning and joins the Millers to provide cover for the injured Mark Bradley, on a short-term emergency loan deal.

Tavernier, who has made nine senior appearances for the Magpies, will train with his new team mates at Roundwood this morning.

“He is a very accomplished full-back, who can play on either side of the pitch and if needed can step in and do an excellent job at centre-back if required,” boss Steve Evans told

“With the injury to Mark Bradley, and Rob Milsom who covers us at left-back also having a minor injury issue, this an excellent signing for us.”

The 22-year-old has Football League experience following loan spells with the likes of Carlisle United, Sheffield Wednesday, Milton Keynes Dons and Shrewsbury Town.

“This is a young man who I have watched develop over the last couple of years, and I have taken the time not only to watch him in the first-team at Newcastle United, but also when he has appeared on loan at other clubs,” Evans continued.

“It goes without doubt that I must also acknowledge and thank Alan Pardew at Newcastle United, and obviously his assistant Steve Stone who has helped myself persuade the young man to join us in preference to a number of other alternatives he had.”

Tavernier will take the number 27 jersey whilst with the Millers.

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