Rotherham United breaking: Millers sign Joe Newell

Joe Newell is welcomed to the Millers by No 2 Paul Raynor
Joe Newell is welcomed to the Millers by No 2 Paul Raynor
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Rotherham United have signed trialist Joe Newell from Peterborough United.

The 22-year-old, who can play at left-back or in midfield, played for the Millers in last weekend's win over Bundesliga outfit FSV Mainz 05 and manager Steve Evans had been tracking him since last season.

He made 44 second-tier appearances for Posh and was voted Player of the Year in their League One campaign last term.

He has joined Rotherham for an undisclosed fee, after training with them for a few days, and The Star understands he has agreed a three-year deal.

"It may have taken us the best part of four weeks to come to an agreement with Peterborough United, but I am delighted with the deal,” Evans said,

“Towards the end of last week both clubs were very close to an agreement and this gave comfort for Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony to sanction the lad spending some time with us, which in turn allowed the fine detail between both clubs to be agreed.

“This young man has considerable experience in the Championship for one being so young and is comfortable in any position on the left-hand side of the pitch, and indeed centrally. Last season he was outstanding and I am led to believe he swept the boards for every Peterborough United Player of the Year award that was on offer.

"We have signed another young player to add to those already recruited and for me they blend fantastically well with the experienced lads we have brought together."

With fellow left-back Joe Mattock injured, Newell could be handed an instant debut in the Championship opener at home to MK Dons on Saturday.

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