Rotherham United: Two strikers in as Evans swoops late

Steve Evans
Steve Evans

Rotherham United swooped late on transfer deadline day to sign two strikers.

Jonson Clarke-Harris arrived for a club-record fee from Oldham Athetic, and Luciano Becchio joined on a long-term loan from Norwich City.

Manager Steve Evans hadbeen chasing extra attackers, and 20-year-old Clarke-Harris has joined from Oldham Athletic on a three-year contract.

The club announced the deals with less than half an hour of the transfer window to go last night.

Millers midfielder Michael Tidser has joined Oldham on loan.

Clarke-Harris, who became Coventry City’s youngest ever player when he turned out for their first team as a 16-year-old, will bring blinding pace and massive potential to Rotherham’s frontline and had been on the Millers’ radar for many months.

“Jonson is a lad we tried to sign prior to him moving to Oldham Athletic so as night follows day we have tracked his progress at Boundary Park with real interest,” Evans said.

“Last season he produced a number of stunning performances and it is no surprise that he has today been subject to a deadlineday move to play Championship football.

“I am delighted Rotherham United has won the race for his signature.”

Evans had met with chairman Tony Stewart and chief executive Paul Douglas in the morning to discuss his targets.

Meanwhile, after making 16 signings through the summer, the Rotherham boss has spoken about the strength of depth in his squad.

“It doesn’t make my life difficult. It makes it simple, You can only pick your team honestly,” he said.

“We’ve had training-ground games against different oppositions to make sure they’re all getting competitive action, and that will continue in the next couple of weeks with the international break.

“Some players who need a match and game-time will get that, others that don’t won’t.

“We’ve been Saturday-Tuesday all the way through since the start of the season. It’s really tough when you come up to a big league like the Championship to handle that, especially with the long travel it can involves. We’ve had two monster trips in the space of a few days (Millwall and Swansea).”

Evans expects to welcome back to training right-back Frazer Richardson, midfielder Paul Green, winger Ryan Hall and skipper and centre-half Craig Morgan during the international break

“We have the chance to freshen ourselves up and be ready for the second month of the season,” he said.