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SIGNING | Stubbs pleased to seal Dexter deal

5 September 2016

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Manager Alan Stubbs says the signing of Dexter Blackstock was worth the wait after securing a deal for the former Nottingham Forest marksman.

Blackstock joins the Millers on a three-year deal after successfully undergoing a medical earlier today, following his departure from Nottingham Forest before the end of the transfer window.

Stubbs admitted that the 30-year-old striker was on his radar before the closure of last month's window, but had to remain patient before finally landing the former Southampton ace.

"I am delighted to conclude the deal," Stubbs told

"This is one that we were trying to conclude before the deadline, but due to negotiations that Dexter was having with his club at the time, there wasn't enough time to conclude the deal. 

"I think this is a deal that we have had to be patient with. We were actively trying to get it done before the deadline, and our persistence has now paid off because we have managed to get the right player and it is a deal that we are really happy with.

"We are delighted now that we are in a position to be able to confirm the deal, and we are looking forward to seeing him in a Millers shirt."

After starting his career with Oxford United, Blackstock made his name with Southampton making his debut in the Premier League against Everton, who had the current Millers boss Stubbs in their side.

After loan spells with Plymouth and Derby, he signed for QPR in 2006 enjoying a three-year stint at Loftus Road.

After moving to Forest in 2009, he would enjoy a seven stay at the City Ground before his recent departure.

Now he begins a new chapter in his career with the Millers, where Stubbs believes his Championship experience will prove a vital asset for the club.

"He brings a wealth of experience in The Championship," Stubbs added.

"He has a proven track record, and he will give us an added dimension in terms of how we can play as a team.  I am really happy now that we have managed to get the deal over the line.

"In terms of his fitness at the moment, he has been training regularly but hasn't necessarily got the required game time that he has been looking for. We will be looking to get that into him as quickly as possible, and get him on the pitch doing what he does best."

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