ROTHERHAM UNITED: Evans backs new recruit to shine

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ROTHERHAM United manager Steve Evans is banking on new signing Luke Rooney giving his side an extra dimension, writes Dom Howson.

Subject to Football League ratification, winger Rooney has today joined the Millers on an emergency loan deal until January 5 from Swindon Town.

The 21-year-old began his career with Gillingham, featuring over 50 times for the Kent club. He went on to join the Robins where he played a major role in their promotion last season.

“Losing Jamie Devitt was a blow because he had settled in so quickly and is a top player for League Two,” said Evans.

“We had to move quickly to find a top class replacement and we have certainly done that with Luke Rooney. Every time I have seen the lad play he has been excellent and again I have every faith our supporters will love this lad.”

Evans has revealed he has twice previously failed to sign Rooney, who enjoyed a loan stint at Burton Albion earlier this year before returning to Swindon last month.

“He is in the squad I have named for Dagenham and I will decide in the morning whether he starts or sits alongside me for a while,” revealed the Millers boss.

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