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We've worked hard to get him, says Evans

15 January 2015

Gaffer on Sammon signing...

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans has praised the character of new loan signing Conor Sammon, as the 28 year-old signed until the end of the season this morning. 

Sammon, who spend the first half of the campaign on loan at Ipswich Town agreed to join the Millers last week, as Evans and his team sought to replace the departed Alex Revell and bolster their attacking options.

“We needed to find a replacement for Alex Revell, and Conor Sammon is a young man I’ve liked for a long time,” Evans told the press this afternoon. “We’ve worked hard to get him, with a number of other clubs fighting to get him but we got it over the line after knowing he was likely to join us from last Friday. What I’ve learned from Conor so far is that he’s a man of his word despite the interest and we’re thankful to him, his agent and to Derby County.”

The Republic of Ireland international may have first come to the attention of supporters in England when he turned out for Wigan Athletic in the Premier League, although Evans has monitored the big man for a considerable amount of time, noting that his goalscoring record perhaps doesn’t do him justice. 

"He first came to my notice at Kilmarnock in the SPL when it was a stronger league with a good Rangers, a good Celtic and much more. He has got the right type of character that we want, he’s big and strong, I’m not going to sell him on something he’s not, but it’s a long time since he played in a team consistently that made chances like we do. You need to be in the team to score goals and it’s easy to get misguided on hsis goal record, but Conor’s an honest lad who admits he couldn’t force his way in at Derby ahead of Martin or at Ipswich with McGoldrick and Murphy doing well, and before that at Wigan, it’s not easy to score goals in the Premier League so we’ll give him a platform."

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