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New signing Shaun MacDonald is looking to put his knowledge of success in League One to good use after penning a two-year deal to join the Millers.
The Wales international became Paul Warne’s first permanent signing of the close season, and his second signing overall following the arrival of Carlton Morris on a one-year loan from Norwich City.
MacDonald, a former teammate of Warne’s back in his Yeovil days, arrives at the AESSEAL New York Stadium having spent three years with Wigan Athletic.
His appearances for the Latics were largely in the second tier, but earlier in his career he enjoyed promotions from League One with both Swansea and Bournemouth, and now the 30-year-old is looking to transfer his previous success across to the Millers.
MacDonald told iFollow Millers: “I think I can bring a knowledge of how to get back up. I think that was part of me wanting to sign - trying to get back into The Championship.
“I know there is a good group of lads here. I have spoken to players who have previously been at the club, and I spoke to Pricey (Lewis Price), and he spoke very highly of the group, and the staff as well.”
During the infancy of MacDonald’s career he embarked on several loans with Yeovil Town as he looked to increase his football education.
It was at Huish Park where a young MacDonald first encountered Warne who, by then, was at the back end of his playing career.
Fast forward to 2019 and despite the years passing, the Swansea-born playmaker found the principles which underpinned Warne’s playing career had now been transformed over to management, with MacDonald set to embrace the hard work planned by Warne for pre-season and beyond.
He continued: “I think it is important for me to have a knowledge of what the club is about. I know it is a very hard working club, there is a togetherness here.
“Hard work is a minimum, and I'll always give 100% to this club and to the shirt.
“I am a very hard working player. I'll get on the ball and try and keep it for the team. I'll also get box-to-box and try and chip in with some goals along the way. As I've touched upon already, it is minimum hard work, and I think that's the case for the whole team.”