Dominic Ball signs for the Millers...
Boss Alan Stubbs says the arrival of Dominic Ball will give his side some healthy competition after the Spurs ace became his ninth signing.
Ball joined the Millers for an undisclosed fee after completing a medical, and has penned a three-year deal at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.
A product of Spurs’ Academy, the 21-year-old has enjoyed first team experience with the likes of Cambridge United and Glasgow Rangers, and now leaves White Hart Lane looking for regular first team football with the Millers.
Boss Stubbs has extensive knowledge of Ball after coming up against him during his time as manager of Hibs, and believes he will be a solid addition to his squad.
“First of all we’re delighted that we’ve managed to get the deal concluded and Dominic is a player I know quite a bit about from my time at Hibs with him playing at Rangers on loan from Tottenham,” Stubbs confirmed to www.themillers.co.uk
“He did very well and I think any young player going into that environment at Rangers is a big ask, but he fitted into it very well and he was very comfortable with the situation. We’re delighted that we’ve managed to sign him.”
Primarily a centre-back, Ball can also play in central midfield and Stubbs is delighted to bolster his options in both areas as he continues to add competition for places in the Millers ranks.
“We’re getting him at a great age,” Stubbs continued.
“He’s 21 and he’s a young, talented defender who will give real competition for places here which is what we want. We’ll get improvement out of the players that are already here because of the fact that they have players pushing them now.
“It was the same when I was playing as it makes you dig into your reserves to improve, and that’s what we want.
“Competition is a real healthy thing to have in the club and its something we’re striving to improve. Dominic will bring that.”
Ball played against the Millers in a behind closed doors friendly during the close season, with Stubbs explaining that he was impressed with the youngster’s ability:
“He’s a young, talented defender who is very comfortable on the ball and he’s got good pace and reads the game well and it’s a great signing for us.
“Looking at him last season, with him going to Rangers and doing very well, we’re just delighted that we’ve managed to capture him."