The Millers can confirm the signing of Lewis Price...
Rotherham United can confirm the signing of Lewis Price on a two-year deal, subject to Football League ratification.
The goalkeeper moves to AESSEAL New York Stadium after leaving fellow Championship club Sheffield Wednesday, after confirmation this evening that he has successfully passed a medical.
The Wales international becomes boss Alan Stubbs’ second summer signing following the arrival of Anthony Forde, and will provide competition with current goalkeeper Lee Camp for a place between the sticks.
Speaking from the Millers’ pre-season training camp in Poland, Stubbs told www.themillers.co.uk:
“The deal came up quite late. Andy Dibble (goalkeeper coach) has been looking to see what is available, and once we were made aware that Lewis was a possibility we moved quite quickly to do the deal.
“We are delighted that we have managed to conclude the transfer now.”
Under the new emergency loan rules which have come into play, Stubbs acknowledged that it was vital that he was able to sign an experienced operator.
Price, 31, lists Ipswich Town, Derby County, Crystal Palace and most recently Sheffield Wednesday on his CV, with his spell at the iPro Stadium coinciding with current boss Stubbs.
“It was important to get someone in with experience, and also someone who has experience in The Championship and consistently played at a good level,” Stubbs added.
“Lewis has been around for a while now with the likes of Crystal Palace and latterly Sheffield Wednesday.
“I have had a little bit of time with Lewis as a player so I know what type of person and what type of character he is. He will be great in the dressing room and I know he will fit in here really well.
“He comes in to provide good competition for places, that’s what we want for all of the positions not just the goalkeeping situation.
“Campy has done fantastic this season and there is no reason why that’ll change. I think every player does like to be pushed because I think that you can get that extra couple of percent out of each individual, and we hope that is going to be the case when we bring Lewis in.”
Price will join up with his new team mates on Tuesday after the Millers return from their pre-season tour of Poland which concludes tomorrow evening.
“We arrive back on Sunday evening, the players will then have Monday off. Then we are back in on Tuesday and we are then looking forward to seeing Lewis, and he’ll get to join up with all of his team mates.”