Millers pay club record fee for former Spireite Jordan Bowery

New Millers striker Jordan Bowery (left), during his loan spell with Doncaster Rovers last season
New Millers striker Jordan Bowery (left), during his loan spell with Doncaster Rovers last season
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Rotherham United have broken their transfer record to snap up striker Jordan Bowery from Aston Villa.

The 22-year-old arrives at the New York Stadium for an undisclosed fee and has signed a two-year deal.

The Millers’ previous transfer record stood at £160,000 for Lee Frecklington, who joined from Peterborough United last January.

Rotherham boss Steve Evans said: “We’re delighted to sign him.

“We’ve been very patient on this deal and again we’re thankful to the chairman in providing the funds for this record transfer.

“Thankfully we were able to persuade Jordan that his future lies in Rotherham.

“I’m thankful to Paul Lambert at Aston Villa for the kind words he said about Rotherham United and we’re just delighted to have got the deal over the line and have young Jordan come on board.”

Bowery made his senior debut at Chesterfield in 2008 but he became a breakout talent in the 2011/12 campaign, netting 12 goals in 48 appearances.

He joined Villa for £500,000 on the final day of the 2012 summer transfer window. His Chesterfield record was 17 goals in 101 appearances.

He struggled to make an impression during his two years at Villa Park and joined Doncaster Rovers on loan for a month in February, making three starts but failing to find the net.

Bowery did however feature in Villa’s final three games of last season, though he departed the club without finding the net in 22 appearances.