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Evans on Tubbs departure

6 January 2014

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Rotherham United boss Steve Evans has confirmed that Matt Tubbs has left the Millers to return to parent club Bournemouth.

Speaking exclusively to Millers Player, Evans expressed his disappointment at things not working out for Tubbs, who started just seven games for the Millers, finding the back of the net once in a total of 21 outings.

“He’s not featured as much as much as he would have liked, or as much as myself, Paul Raynor or anyone at Rotherham United would have liked,” said Evans. “However, the one thing I’ve always said about Matt Tubbs is that until he was hit with the virus recently he’s always been one of the first in, last out, gave everything he got and maybe living away from home was affecting him more than he’d ever admit.”

Tubbs signed for the Millers prior to the pre-season game against Barnsley, making his debut a week later as a second-half substitute at Crewe, and Evans has praised the striker for his work ethic and eagerness to impress.

“The one thing about him though, is that he shook off the little niggles, even playing through them sometimes to try and impress the Millers support, but he goes away with our best wishes and I can never ever repay him for what he did for Paul Raynor and myself at our previous club. Sadly for the all the Millers fans, just like me it couldn’t be replicated here because we’d have loved it to have worked out here.”

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