Joy of six for Rotherham United as former West Ham midfielder signs on for League One newcomers

BUSY Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has completed his sixth signing before the end of May by bringing in creative Burton Albion midfielder Joe Powell - sending out a further statement to League One promotion rivals in the process.

Powell will join the Millers upon the expiration of his contract with the Brewers and has signed a two-year deal.

The schemer’s addition follows on from the capture of Portsmouth duo Josh Rafferty and Sean Raggett, striker Jonson Clarke-Harris, left-back Reece James and midfielder Shaun McWilliams.

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London-born Powell, 25, had turned down fresh terms with Burton.

Latest Rotherham United signing Joe Powell, pictured in action for Burton Albion last November as Northampton Town rival Aaron McGowan watches on. Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images.Latest Rotherham United signing Joe Powell, pictured in action for Burton Albion last November as Northampton Town rival Aaron McGowan watches on. Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images.
Latest Rotherham United signing Joe Powell, pictured in action for Burton Albion last November as Northampton Town rival Aaron McGowan watches on. Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images.

Powell came through the academy ranks at West Ham and made one senior first-team appearance - while also spending a loan spell at Northampton - before heading to Burton on a two-and-a-half year deal in January 2020.

He would later sign a contract extension and featured over 180 times in his stint at Albion.

Powell, who has shown an eye for a spectacular goal or two in his career thus far, netted five times in 51 appearances last term.