Rotherham United: New boy shunned top flight to join Millers

Jonson Clarke-Harris
Jonson Clarke-Harris

New record signing Jonson Clarke-Harris chose Rotherham United ahead of Premier League clubs, manager Steve Evans has revealed.

The Millers landed the 20-year-old prospect from Oldham Athletic on transfer deadline day

And Evans said: “He’s a young player who could go on to be a special talent and other parties were interested in him.

“He could have gone to top-flight clubs but he chose us because he wants the chance to be a first-team player, not be part of a development squad.”

Rotherham had tracked the striker, renowned for his blisering pace, for months and months before making their move.

After becoming Coventry City’s youngest ever player, Clark-Harris signed for Peterborough before moving on to Oldham.

“He first impressed us when he was at Peterborough,” Evans said. “We’ve had him watched ever since.”

Clarke-Harris scored seven goals in 28 starts for Oldham after joining them in May last year.

Evans, who also snapped up fomer Leeds United hitman Luciana Becchio on loan from Norwich City on deadline day, was delighted to land the young striker.

“We were comfortable with the price,” he said. “The fact that a club like Wolves were also at the table for him shows you what kind of talent we’re dealing with here.”

The Millers now have an embarrassment of riches up front with Clarke-Harris and Bechhio vying for places with Alex Revell, Matt Derbyshire and Jordan Bowery.

They have no game today because of the international break and return to Championship action next Saturday at AFC Bournemouth.