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Rotherham United boss Paul Warne insists that new recruit Clark Robertson’s clear desire to join the Millers played a key factor in him swooping for his services to make him his first signing of the summer.
The 24-year-old Scot turned down a number of offers from other clubs, instead opting to pen a three-year deal with the Millers and has impressed his new manager Warne with his commitment to the move.
The Rotherham United boss believes Robertson will flourish in South Yorkshire, as he looks to join the rest of his teammates in making the step up from the third tier to the Sky Bet Championship this term.
“I think he's a really good acquisition and I know that other clubs were after him,” Warne explained.
“We've had numerous conversations with him and his agent and we're pleased to get it over the line.
“He's at an age where he wants to step up a level and he's got ambitions to try and get into the full national squad and he'll have a chance of doing that playing in the Championship.
“I've always liked him and I met him and his dad, who flew down to meet me, which shows me his commitment.”
Warne has been an admirer of the Aberdeen-born defender’s talents for a prolonged period and believes that Robertson possesses the qualities both on and off the pitch which will ensure he fits in seamlessly at his new club.
“He's a really good kid and he really wants to learn. He played a lot of games last year and the couple before that and I think he'll fit in a treat. He can step in and play out from the back, which the league we're going into will allow a little bit more and he'll bring us a bit of calmness.
“I've known him for quite a while and he's a left-sider, which is pretty unique. He can play and he was a huge part of the Blackpool team last year. He's a good, strong, competitive centre half which fits in with what we're looking for here.
“I'm trying to sign people who are going to be here for a few years and they're going to improve. I don't think he's the finished article just yet and we'll try and improve him and if the team gets success and he gets personal success from that and moves on then he'll go with our blessing.
“I'm not thinking like that though, we'll try and cherry pick the best players that I like and I'm really pleased that in terms of this transfer, he's the one that I wanted and the one that I got.”