Rotherham United sign Joe Newell...
Rotherham United have completed the signing of Peterborough United ace Joe Newell for an undisclosed fee, subject to medical and Football League ratification.
The 22-year-old was given permission by Peterborough United to train with the Millers after both clubs came close to reaching an agreement late last week, and featured during the victory over FSV Mainz last Saturday.
The versatile operator and his representatives finalised his personal terms with the club earlier this afternoon, and he will be in manager Steve Evans’ plans for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship curtain raiser against MK Dons.
“It may have taken us the best part of four weeks to come to an agreement with Peterborough United to secure the transfer of young Joe Newell, but I am delighted with the deal,” boss Evans told www.themillers.co.uk
“Towards the end of last week both clubs were very close to an agreement and this gave comfort for Posh Chairman Darragh MacAnthony to sanction the lad spending some time with us, which in turn allowed the fine detail between both clubs to be agreed.
“This young man has considerable experience in the Championship for one being so young and is comfortable in any position on the left hand side of the pitch, and indeed centrally. Last season he was outstanding and I am led to believe he swept the boards for every Peterborough United player of the year award that was on offer.
“Today we have signed another young player to add to those already recruited and for me they blend fantastically well with the experienced lads we have brought together.
“I would like to acknowledge both Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Director of Football Barry Fry for handling this in the professional manner they have done.”
Evans confirmed that he is still in the market to strengthen his side, but remains focused on Saturday’s opening day clash with MK Dons.
“Our recruitment of the playing squad for the new season is not complete but we are more than ready to start the season. We will not be rushed nor shall we pay over the odds for any player but we still have two specific targets we would like to bring to the Millers and I can assure all our supporters we will do everything we can to make those signings happen. As I have stated several times today we will not be talking specific names and our transfer business will continue on a private and confidential basis.
“In the mean time our focus must now solely on the visit of MK Dons on Saturday and we all know how tough that challenge will be.”