Holroyd will be quick out of the blocks

Goal poacher: New Rotherham United striker Chris Holroyd
Goal poacher: New Rotherham United striker Chris Holroyd
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the Don Valley Stadium experience certainly won’t be alien to Rotherham United’s new striker Chris Holroyd.

He played there twice last season, which has to be an advantage on most new signings. Nor will playing at a pitch ringed by a running track be unusual for him either.

Departed: Ian Thomas-Moore

Departed: Ian Thomas-Moore

His time at Brighton last season meant, of course, playing in their final season at the Withdean Stadium, another wide open arena with a running track a la Don Valley albeit not quite of the same international standard!

“It won’t be strange because of the experience (of playing) at the Withdean and I played at Don Valley twice last season so I know what it’s like,” said the 24-year-old.

“I’m just really excited to be joining Rotherham. They’re ambitious and want to get out of the division and I hope to be able help them achieve that.”

After being prolific at Cambridge with 26 goals in 67 games, Brighton boss Guy Poyet took a punt on him but, with limited chances, he couldn’t get among the goals there.

He was loaned to Stevenage for whom he played in the 1-1 draw last October at Don Valley. He bagged six goals in 12 games for them including a hat-trick at Hereford.

He was back at DVS towards the end of the season when he went on as a sub for Bury in the goalless draw.

His arrival has been followed by the departure of veteran striker Ian Thomas-Moore.

The 34-year-old has been released from his contract by mutual consent having made just 12 appearances after joining in January, his only goals being his hat-trick in the 6-0 win at Lincoln, the game after father Ronnie was shown the door as Millers manager.