Rotherham United: Boss Steve Evans’ approach vindicated again as Chris Maguire chooses Millers

Millers new boy Chris Maguire
Millers new boy Chris Maguire

Rotherham United fought off interest from other Championship clubs to land forward Chris Maguire and further reward manager Steve Evans’ summer of patience.

The 26-year-former Sheffield Wednesday ace has become the Millers’ 11th new recruit since the end of last season, and Evans is delighted to land yet another name from the wanted list he compiled months ago,

“One of the most pleasing aspects of our business over recent weeks has been how many of the signings were on our list of targets that I drew up in April,” he said.

“We’ve taken our time and not jumped in. We’ve been really measured and focused in our approach.”

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“Chris Maguire is a player I have admired since his days at Aberdeen and he was a lad that was on my targeted list of players at the end of last season.”

Scottish international Maguire, who can play anywhere across the frontline and also wide midfield, held talks with Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers after his Hillsborough departure and is the third former Owl, along with Joe Mattock and Lewis Buxton, to opt for the Millers.

His arrival helped offset the disappointment of the club losing the services of Kirk Broadfoot after the FA confirmed a record ban for the centre-half.

The game’s governing body hit Broadfoot with a 10-game suspension, finding him guilty of verbal abuse during an altercation with Wigan Athletic striker James McClean when the two clubs met at AESSEAL New York Stadium last March.

It is the longest punishment for verbal abuse the FA has ever handed down, exceeding the eight-match ban given to Luis Suarez in 2011 for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

Kirk Broadfoot

Kirk Broadfoot

The FA described the outburst as “aggravated”, lending weight to claims that Broadfoot’s blast at McClean contained a sectarian element.

Republic of Ireland international McClean has since moved to West Brom and was criticised this week for turning his back on the flag of St George and refusing to sing the national anthem during a club tour to America.

An FA statement said: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Rotherham United’s Kirk Broadfoot will serve an immediate 10-match suspension after a misconduct charge against him was found proven.

“The charge was that during a league fixture between Rotherham and Wigan Athletic on March 14 2015 Broadfoot used abusive and/or insulting words towards a member of the opposition, in breach of FA Rule E3(1).

“It was further alleged that the breach was an “Aggravated Breach” as defined by Rule E3(2).”

The 30-year-old Scot has also been fined £7,500 and ordered to complete an education programme.

Meanwhile, Maguire, who is understood to have signed an initial one-year deal at AESSEAL New York Stadium, scored 18 goals in 79 league matches, 59 of which he started, during his three years with Wednesday.

The Owls had given him the chance to stay but he was unhappy with the terms on offer.

Rotherham conclude their tour of Sctoland today with a match against SPL side Partick Thistle.