DANNY Harrison is tipping Steve Evans to lead Rotherham United to promotion glory next season.
The central midfielder worked briefly with Millers boss Evans before being released by the club a month ago but was impressed with his style of management.
Evans continued his major summer recruitment drive on Thursday by capturing Kari Arnason. The Icelandic international midfielder, brought in on a free transfer from Aberdeen, became Evans seventh signing.
Under Evans leadership, Harrison, who turned out 211 times for Rotherham in a five-year spell, is confident the club will be challenging for honours in League Two.
“Steve knows how he wants to play and how he wants things doing,” Harrison told The Star. “In the short time I worked with him, I saw that he expects everyone to toe the line. He won’t accept anything below standards.
“His track record is very good. He arguably got Crawley out of the division last year. I’m sure he and Rotherham will do well and I fully expect them to be there or thereabouts next season.”
Harrison is also convinced the move into the New York Stadium will work in the club’s favour.
“They will get the backing of 8,000 people which is a lot more than we used to get at the Don Valley Stadium,” he said. “I’m sure that will make a massive difference.”
Liverpudlian ace Harrison is heading back to Tranmere Rovers and has agreed to sign a one-year deal on July 1. He began his career at Prenton Park, progressing through the junior and youth ranks before turning professional 11 years ago. Harrison went on to make 147 senior appearances for Rovers before leaving in 2007.
The transfer reunites Harrison with Rovers chief Ronnie Moore, who he worked with during his last stint in charge at Rotherham, which ended in March 2011.
Harrison said: “I’m very happy to be coming back to Tranmere. This club has been a huge part of my life and it will be nice to be playing at Prenton Park again.
“There is a decent squad here and I think we can be really competitive next season. I have been away for a few years and I think I’m coming back as a better player. Hopefully that will show on the pitch.”
Of Harrison, Moore said: “He is able to sit in midfield in a John Welsh style role but he is more mobile and can go box to box as well.”
Harrison is Rovers second new signing of the summer. Striker Ben Burgess agreed a two-year contract last week following his release by Notts County. Rovers want two more midfielders.