Rotherham United: Lewis Buxton opts for Millers ahead of US move

New Rotherham United signing Lewis Buxton
New Rotherham United signing Lewis Buxton

Rotherham United fought off competition from clubs in England and abroad to land former Sheffield Wednesday defender Lewis Buxton.

The 31-year-old joined the Millers last night after making more than 200 appearances for the Owls and being freed at the end of last season.

There was Championship interest in him, while one of the MLS franchises in America were keen on the right-back who can also play at centre-half.

Rotherham assistant manager Paul Raynor said: “He’s an experienced defender and a proven Championship footballer.

“It’s taken a few weeks to get it over the line but we’re delighted to finally have him on board.”

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Buxton said at the time of his Hillsborough departure: “I have been at the club a long time and you get a relationship with everyone so I was really disappointed when I found out the news.

“But it was not completely unexpected. It was not like a bolt out of the blue.

“It is hard to leave, but that’s football. I have to dust myself down and go again.”

He is the second Wednesday old boy to arrive at AESSEAL New York Stadium this summer, following left-back Joe Mattock into Steve Evans’ squad.

Former Leeds United midfielder Aidy White is Rotherham boss Evans’ other signing so far.

Buxton, who has agreed a 12-month deal with the option for a second year, officially becomes a Millers player on July 1 and will join his new teammates for the start of pre-season training next week.

He made 202 starts for Wednesday and is an established operator in the second tier.

After beginning his career with Portsmouth, he moved to Stoke City in 2004 and then to the Owls in 2009.