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Millers bolster defence

9 June 2014

Rotherham United have signed Kirk Broadfoot...

Steve Evans has bolstered his defence with the signing of Scotland International Kirk Broadfoot, subject to medical and Football League ratification.

Evans has swooped for the former Glasgow Rangers central defender as he looks to re-enforce his rearguard ahead of the big kick off on August 9th.

Broadfoot is signing number four of the close season and boasts an impressive CV which includes full International honours for Scotland and over 100 appearances for Scottish giants Rangers.

The 29-year-old joins the Millers after being a regular in The Championship last season for Blackpool, and pens a two-year deal with the club.

“It has taken a little while to get done because of the significant interest there was in Kirk,” boss Evans told www.themillers.co.uk

“There will be some disappointed managers today, we had to work ever so hard to get him here and I am delighted to have got the deal over the line.”

Best known for his spell in Scotland where he was part of a successful Rangers side, Broadfoot collected a host of honours including three League titles, and a runners-up medal in the UEFA Cup.

“He is an experienced professional who has played at the highest level with Glasgow Rangers. He has played in an UEFA Cup final; he has significant experience in the Champions League and he has won the Scottish Premier League several times,” Evans confirmed.

“He has just had an outstanding season with Blackpool in difficult circumstances and I took references on him from the likes of Walter Smith, Ally McCoist and latterly Paul Ince who all gave him the highest recommendation.”

A versatile operator, Broadfoot has also played at right-back during his career, whilst Evans also praised his attitude as a key reason for his decision to sign the Irvine-born defender.

“He has the ability to not only play as a centre back but also a full-back,” the Millers boss added.

“I watched Blackpool on four occasions last season and on each occasion I came away from the match really impressed with the performances of Kirk. 

“He can play, he is technically good. He is happy to get on the ball if required and he can bring it forward from a central position and pass it with comfort. He also enjoys an old fashioned centre-half battle with an opposing striker, whilst his positional play is also first class. You don’t play in UEFA Cup finals if you are not accomplished, he is a quality operator.

“He has made the decision to move to the area with his family immediately and he is someone I’ve always respected and admired as a player. I have spoken previously about signing players with the right type of experience, coupled with the right type of attitude, Kirk Broadfoot ticks those boxes."

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