Rotherham complete signing of Leeds academy graduate Alex Cairns

Alex Cairns.
Alex Cairns.
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Rotherham United have signed goalkeeper Alex Cairns on a permanent deal until the end of the season.

The Millers also possess a clause which allows them to extend his contract for another year, should they choose to do so.

Cairns joins from Chesterfield, who he signed for in the summer of 2015.

The 23-year-old began his career at Leeds United, progressing through the academy. However, he made only one appearance for the Whites in the league.

Rotherham manager Neil Redfearn expressed his surprise that his former club chose to release him.

He said: “He is someone I know from Leeds United, I was surprised when they let him go.

“Alex was number two to Paddy Kenny at Leeds, he is a young goalkeeper, a very strong boy with a strong character.

“He is coming to compete for a place, whether Adam Collin goes out we will have to wait and see. Adam was first choice and he is looking for that sort of role but Lee Camp is playing well, he is the number one choice and it is frustrating for Adam.

“We want to bring competition in anyway. It’s a bit of a dicey ground just having two keepers, you should be having three.”