RELEASED Rotherham United midfielder Danny Harrison has told The Star he is “gutted” he won’t have the opportunity to play at the club’s new £20 million New York Stadium.
The Liverpudlian was shown the door on Monday, becoming the biggest casualty of Millers manager Steve Evans’ retained list.
Harrison joined Rotherham on a free transfer from Tranmere Rovers in 2007 and went on to make 208 appearances.
He said his exit did not come out of the blue
“I barely featured under Steve so it didn’t come as a complete surprise,” he said. “Reading between the lines, he has got an awful lot to spend next season so I wasn’t really expecting anything.
“I am gutted to be leaving but that’s the way football works. It is disappointing because I would have liked to have played at the new ground but I can’t dwell on it too much.
“It is the nature of football. Players come and players go. It is my turn to move on. It is disappointing but it is an exciting time as well finding out what’s going to be the next chapter in my career.”
Harrison, who turns 30 in November, said: “It has been a rollercoaster ride at Rotherham. It has not been a straightforward five years. The administration period will go down as one of the low points. It hit everybody hard. Even with the 10 points we had taken off, we were still only a couple of points off the play-offs and we might have made automatic that season.
“Playing at Wembley was a high as well as a low at the same time as we lost.
“Obviously, I would have liked things to have been a bit different with promotions and things like that but that’s how it goes sometimes.”
Harrison says he will weigh up his options over the summer.
“My agent will be making a few phone calls over the next couple of weeks trying to sort things out,” he said. “I feel like I have got a lot to offer another club.
“I still feel I can do a job in League One. I’ve played over 150 games at that level so I would back myself in that division or in League Two. It is just what is out there.”