WITH his first child on the way, a new club and a new house, it has been a hectic period for Alex Revell.
The striker has just bought a property in Bawtry with his wife Julia, who is due to give birth in five weeks to a boy.
The 28-year-old, signed by Rotherham United from League One strugglers Leyton Orient for a fee believed to be in the region of £85,000 on transfer deadline day, told The Star: “It has been a stressful time. I’ve had a few sleepless nights trying to sort everything out but it will be worth it in the long run.”
Revell, who has been staying in a Holiday Inn, quipped: “I’m trying to get all my sleep in now because I’m not going to be sleeping much when the baby is born!”
Millers boss Andy Scott wasted no time in getting Revell on board following the departure of Adam Le Fondre. The experienced forward, who plundered 16 goals in all competitions at Brisbane Road last year, penned a two-year deal with Scott’s side and then capped his whirlwind week with two trademark headers on debut in the narrow loss at Swindon Town.
“It was great to score on my debut,” said Revell, who only trained with his new team mates for the first time 48 hours before the showdown at Swindon. “I wanted to make an impact and prove to everybody that the gaffer was right in bringing me to the club.
“It was pleasing to get the two goals but the result was disappointing. Hopefully it was just a blip and we can get back on track this weekend.”
It was the ambition of chairman Tony Stewart and Rotherham boss Scott which persuaded Revell into dropping down a division.
Revell said: “The chairman wants success and to take the club into the Championship. When I spoke to the manager, it was apparent he had the same beliefs as the chairman and that is what you want to hear as a player.
“I said to my wife that if I didn’t make this move I would regret it. It was a no brainer for me. It is a big move for my family as we have never been up north before but it is exciting and we are looking forward to it.
“It is a great time to be part of the club and hopefully we can get promoted this year.”
Revell said he was “taken aback by the quality in the squad” in his first training session and added: “The gaffer likes it hard and the training is quite intense but I like that as a player.
“The quality of the squad is definitely up there and I think we have got what it takes to get promoted.”