New signing Shane Ferguson eager to help Rotherham United to promotion hat-trick

ROTHERHAM UNITED’S new arrival Shane Ferguson has vowed to do everything in his power to help the Millers secure a third successive instant return to the Championship following relegation to League One.

The Northern Ireland international, who celebrated his thirtieth birthday earlier this month, has joined on a two-year deal after his release by Millwall.

The utility player, who made over 200 appearances in five-and-a-half seasons with the Lions and was promoted from the third tier in 2016-17, said: “One hundred per cent, it (promotion) is the aim and the manager spoke about that a lot and the ambition is to get back there.

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“Last season, when I was watching from the outside, they were so unlucky with the games they had to catch up on because of Covid.

Heading north: Utility man Shane Ferguson, right has swapped South London for South Yorkshire. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA Wire.

“I will do everything I can to help the club get back to the Championship.”

Manager Paul Warne has labelled the left-sided player, who started his career at Newcastle United, as the ‘perfect addition’ due to his flexibility across several positions.

Warne, linked with a renewed move for St Johnstone right-back Shaun Rooney, added: “I wanted some strength down the left side and Shane, with his ability to play in three different positions – left-back, left wing-back, left wing – is a perfect addition.

“I had a Zoom call with him and really liked him. I like the fact that he’s played internationally and played in big games. He did really at Millwall.

Set to go: Rotherham United's Matt Crooks, left, is set to stay in the Championship with Middlesbrough. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

“All the work and due diligence we had done on him was really good and I just thought he would come in, be good competition for everyone down that side of the pitch and improve us.

“He’s got a two-year deal with an option for both for the third year.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Matt Crooks is closing in on a move to Middlesbrough and will undergo a medical later this week.

Speaking after his side’s friendly at Saltash on Monday night, Boro manager Neil Warnock – when asked about incoming transfers and a move for Crooks – said: “We’re quite close at the minute to getting a couple over the line this week.

“Crooks is one we’ve been talking about, but there’s a couple more we’ve been talking about too. If we can get a couple over the line, we’ll be delighted.”

Sheffield Wednesday defender Julian Borner is set to return to his native Germany, having been lined up for a move to 2.Bundesliga side Hannover 96 for a six-figure fee.