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READ | Staff enthusiasm tipped the balance - Ball

26 June 2017

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New signing David Ball says the enthusiasm of the staff surrounding the chase to bring him to the club was the main factor in him moving to Rotherham United.

Despite a successful campaign with Fleetwood which saw the ex-Manchester City striker net 14 times as the Cod Army reached the play-offs, Ball was swayed by the plans being made by Paul Warne and his staff at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Ball became close season signing number four when he penned a two-year deal last week, and he revealed that the club’s ambitions matched his own as he agreed to a move across the Pennines.

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"He just excited me,” Ball said of his new boss Warne.

“He is a really honest man. He tried his hardest to bring me here and that had a big impression on me. Everything he wants to do in pre-season and what he wants to do during the season all tick the boxes of how I see myself with Rotherham United.”

Warne stated on Ball’s arrival that he expects the former Peterborough operator will provide a creative spark that he has been looking to recruit throughout pre-season.

The 27-year-old says that he will look to bring goals and assists from a variety of positions, with his first competitive outing for the Millers set to be a return to his former club on the opening day.

"It was good to get a few goals,” Ball added on last season.

“I also got a few assists too. I think that is what I will hopefully bring to the team. Some creativity, but also chip in with some goals as well.

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"I am someone who likes to create. My goals are mixed to inside and outside the box. I will work hard for the team, and the main aim is that the team get the three points.

"Over the past few seasons I have played centre-midfield. I have played as a number 10, up top and across the sides. I think I'll bring that versatility to the team but I want to come here and play in my main position to get the goals to get us to where we want to be.

"It is a great place to play, I will be excited to come and play here every week. I seem to remember scoring a few years back when I played here, I really cannot wait to get going.”

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