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READ | Warne pleased with attack-minded addition in engine room

1 February 2021

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne has expressed his delight at the capture of a midfielder who suits his ‘play forward, run forward’ style following the loan capture of Lewis Wing from Middlesbrough.

The Millers chief was keen to add an attack-minded operator to his ranks in the engine room and has successfully done so, subsequently adding competition at the top end of the pitch.

Warne is confident that Wing will add further flair to the Millers attack and play a big part between now and the end of the current campaign in May.

"I think he's happy to come and play in a team that wants to play forward, run forward, create chances, shoot and play without pressure in the final third,” he revealed.

"I like him for many reasons - he's got an eye for a goal and he shoots on sight which is something we need because we definitely need to add more goals.

"He's got a real energy about him, he can take set pieces and he can play in any one of those four positions in the middle of the park. The best thing for me is that he's got an inner drive, he's a winner and he's a bit of a ‘scrapper’.

"I think he can come here and play a massive part in our run-in and hopefully have a positive impact on the team and put himself in the shop window for whatever happens in his career.”

The 25-year-old’s non-league background will have done no harm in endearing him to boss Warne anyway, but his recent exploits with parent club Middlesbrough mean that Wing arrives in South Yorkshire having very much proven himself at Championship level.

“He's a great kid who came out of non-league and had to fight and scrap to get his chance and he's just found himself on the wrong side of a team selection or two, which doesn't mean he's a bad player, football is all about opinions,” Warne continued.

“He drives the team forward and he's desperate to play football.

"When he broke into the team at Boro, we thought we would get him on loan that year but unfortunately for us, but great for him, he went on and had an absolute stormer.

"He's right up my street obviously and it didn't take loads of convincing but it was fortunate that when we played against Middlesbrough, me, Rich and Hammy were on our best behaviour on the side of the pitch so he probably thought that we were great guys!”


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