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READ | Barlaser completes Boro switch

29 January 2023

Club News

READ | Barlaser completes Boro switch

29 January 2023

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Rotherham United can confirm that midfielder Dan Barlaser has completed his transfer to Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee, subject to FA and EFL ratification.

The 26-year-old has been subject to significant interest from the Teesside-club throughout the January window, with the Millers and Boro reaching an agreement on a fee following weeks of negotiations.

The popular playmaker departs to return to the North East having originally joined the Millers on loan from Newcastle United ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, before making the switch permanent in the summer of 2020.

During his time at AESSEAL New York Stadium, Barlaser helped the Millers to promotion from the third tier in the 2019/20 campaign and repeated the feat in 2021/22, in a season in which he also got his hands on the Papa Johns Trophy.

Lauded for his ability to pick a pass to create a goal, he ended the campaign having found the back of the net nine times in all competitions, in a season which culminated in him being named in the 2021/22 Sky Bet League One Team of the Season.


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Carry me home: Dan Barlaser celebrates promotion on the final day of the 2021/22 campaign at Gillingham


He immediately became a popular figure both in the dressing room and amongst supporters following his arrival from the Magpies and leaves for Boro with the best wishes of everyone here at Rotherham United.

Speaking following confirmation of the transfer, Millers boss Matt Taylor explained that the deal was one that suited all parties, with Barlaser departing having once again played his part in the club’s successes so far this season.

"It suited all parties. Financially we were rewarded, Dan gets a move that he wanted in terms of getting back closer to home and playing for a club near to where he's from - that suits him and his family and possibly his style of play under Michael Carrick.

"This team constantly needs evolution and it needs freshening up and if at any stage players understand that they have interest and offers elsewhere then we have to think of the best way to move on from that.

"Conor's [Coventry] arrival has allowed us to make the Dan move happen, plus we have to balance the books sometimes.

"We've got to keep bringing finances into this football club. It's a move and transfer which suits all parties and Dan goes with our best wishes.

"I know how difficult the last few weeks have been for him with speculation being rife. It's been stressful for him, it's been stressful for me and we have to think about the personal aspect of it all.

"He's been a credit to himself, his family and all involved for the last few weeks because he could have been distracted but he's always given his all for the football club and he was right to be rewarded with what he's got.”

Matt Taylor, Manager

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