ROTHERHAM UNITED: Persistence pays off as Evans stops newcomer going elsewhere

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THE persistence of Rotherham United manager Steve Evans paid off in his pursuit of midfielder David Noble.

Talks had been held with the 30-year-old midfielder and, like other signings, he had been shown round the New York Stadium.

However, three other clubs were in for Noble and it seemed that one of them, from League One, was set to land him. But Evans kept on going and, after another chat with the player, he signed Noble for the second time, having previously signed him for Boston United.

“He was ultimately convinced by what we are trying to achieve here and the vision put forward to him,” said Evans.

“I knew that someone with David Noble’s quality would be sought after by other clubs but I didn’t want to miss out if possible.

“Myself and Paul Raynor (Millers No 2) have worked with him before and so we know what we’re getting.”

All ten new signings will be at Green Lane this afternoon for the friendly with club Parkgate (noon).

They are goalkeeper Scott Shearer, defenders Nicky Hunt, Ian Sharps and Laurie Wilson, midfielders Michael O’Connor, David Noble and Kari Arnason and front players Lionel Ainsworth, Kayode Odejayi and Daniel Nardiello.

The squad, with boss Evans set to join them after resting with a virus this week, leave for five days in Portugal tonight.

Next Saturday is the first game at the New York Stadium.

The club have reiterated that work still remains to be completed inside the stadium while other work continues outside but will not affect the staging of the game. Mangham House ticket office opens tomorrow, 10am to 4pm.