Rotherham United manager Steve Evans is convinced new arrival Wes Thomas will become a crowd favourite at the New York Stadium.
The Millers beat off stiff competition from several clubs, including Swindon Town, to sign Thomas for an undisclosed fee from AFC Bournemouth yesterday.
The 26-year-old, who became the second Cherries player to join the League One club following Miles Addison’s loan switch last week, has penned a deal with Rotherham until the end of the season, with a view to extending it in the summer.
Although Evans is delighted to have added Thomas to his squad, he is looking to bring in more reinforcements during the January transfer window.
“The lad [Thomas] gets a goal, is strong and works in every match with such enthusiasm,” said Evans. “He is an excellent addition to the squad and, although we hope to complete some further transfer business this month, there is no doubt we are already considerably stronger than when we entered January. Wes is very talented; our supporters will take to him.”
Thomas trained with his new teammates for the first time yesterday.
After his agent informed of Rotherham’s interest, he said it was an “easy decision” to come and join Evans’ side, who lie in fifth place after Saturday’s win over Crewe.
Despite failing to score in 12 appearances for Bournemouth this campaign, Thomas is confident he play a big part in their promotion tilt.
“It is a good club; they are doing well in the league and I am just looking forward to getting started and hopefully getting some goals,” said Thomas, who conceded he spoke to Addison before finalising the move. “Obviously staying longer is a possibility, but in the short term I am just happy to be here. Hopefully I can impress and help the team get promoted.