Smart thinking as striker Tom Eaves returns to Rotherham United

ROTHERHAM United signing Tom Eaves insists that the Millers are getting a much more mature, polished and ‘smarter’ player second time around at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The former Hull City striker, linked to the club in the previous few windows, has finally sealed a move to South Yorkshire, signing a three-year deal.

The Liverpool-born player spent a brief loan spell with United back in 2013 as a 21-year-old.

Now 30, Eaves, whose signing followed on from the capture of Luton Town wing-back Peter Kioso, said: “I am a different animal to what I was at that age and I am looking forward to getting going.

Hull City's Tom Eaves has mved to Rotherham United. Picture: PA

“My mentality (has changed) absolutely, 100 per cent. I just think that back then, I always gave 100 per cent.

“But now, it is just working a lot smarter and knowing the areas I need to be in and just being the most efficient number nine I can be.

“But make no bones about it, it is goals that I am going to be interested in this year when I see the ball coming in from both sides.”

A physical presence and focal point up front with a strong work rate, Eaves feels his all-round game makes him a natural fit for the club under Paul Warne as well.

Eaves, who scored 18 goals in 107 appearances for Hull, continued: “Stylistically, I felt like Rotherham would really suit me.

“When he (Warne) spoke to me, he spoke about the style of play and how we want to play and I just feel like I will be a really good fit for this team.

“I’d like to think I will be a good addition to the lads.

“It’s a really tough league and you have strong teams coming down and big clubs coming up.

“It will be a challenge, but I can see from meeting everyone that we are a really strong, honest group of lads and I am looking forward to working with every one of them.”