ROTHERHAM United manager Steve Evans has given a fond farewell to Lewis Grabban and said he has no animosity towards the striker.
The Millers boss says he hopes he does “really well” at Bournemouth with whom Grabban agreed a three year contract.
Grabban, who became a father in the past six months, had been hoping to move back south. He comes from London but was persuaded by previous boss Andy Scott to head north to Rotherham last July.
“Lewis was told then that if he did well he could earn a move to a higher level but, when it has come to it, I wasn’t looking to let him leave or push him out of the door,” said Evans.
“As we all know, there has been interest in Lewis and he had made it clear that he wanted to go back down south which is where his family is.
“Well, I can say that he goes with my best wishes and those of this football club.
“As far as I’m concerned, Lewis Grabban has sparkled in the time I have been at the football club and I think he deserves to play at a higher level. He’s going to get the opportunity and I hope he goes on and does well.”
Grabban finalised negotiations with Bournemouth yesterday before a medical.
Bournemouth manager Paul Groves said he was a player the club had noted when he played at Millwall and Brentford and his goals with Rotherham last season had increased their interest.
Grabban scored 21 for the Millers and his ability to play out wide and well as down the middle was also noted by Bournemouth.
It is likely that Evans will look to add to his striking resources, someone with the pace of Grabban