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Paul Warne says new signing Caolan Lavery's 'DNA' is exactly what he is looking for in a Rotherham United player.
Lavery became Warne's third signing of the January window after agreeing a loan deal from Sheffield United until the end of the season.
The 25-year-old gives Warne another option in what has become an ultra-competitive squad, with the Millers boss stating that he has all the attributes required to fit seamlessly into life at AESSEAL New York Stadium.
"I think Caolan will fit easily into the group," Warne told iFollow Millers.
"He has been playing in the Sheffield area for a little while so he gets the whole Yorkshire grit and what is expected of him.
"He is a really nice kid. I met him around a week ago so I have been trying to get him over the line for quite a while. He is really competitive, he wants to play and score. He gives his all for the team, and that is pretty much the DNA of players that I want here."
Rotherham were one of a number of clubs tracking the former Northern Ireland under 21 international, after he impressed in League One last season where he helped the Blades to the title.
Despite interest from elsewhere, Warne secured the services of the ex-Sheffield Wednesday ace, with the Rotherham supremo confident his ties with members of the Millers ranks will ensure a smooth transition into the club.
"He wanted to come here, even though he had loads of options from other clubs as centre-forwards are in high demand," Warne added.
"I am really pleased that he chose us, and he knows that he is going to come in and compete with all the other strikers to get on the pitch. We welcome him to the club. He knows a few of the players already which is quite good, that will help him settle down really quickly, so he will now be looking to get involved for the game against Wimbledon.
"When I spoke to him it turns out that he is really good friends with Joe Mattock, he knows Joe Newell, Jon Taylor and Richie Towell. Those four lads are really good characters so the fact that he is in a friendship group with them, and he is desperate to get out and play football, bodes well. He doesn't have to relocate, he literally just needs to pick his boots up and he is here. He plays for a club that play with a lot of energy, we are not dissimilar, so I look forward to working with him."