Rotherham United: Guy tips Kirk to shine

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Old boy Guy Branston today tipped fellow defender Kirk Broadfoot to prove himself one of Rotherham United’s best summer signings.

Broadfoot is one of 11 new players brough to the club as manager Steve Evans prepares his squad for Championship football after winning successive promotion.

And Branston, part of the last Millers squad to win back-to-back promotions, in 2000 and 2001, is a big fan of the 29-year-old Scottish international.

“Broadfoot is a fantastic signing for them,” he said.

“He is a quality player who can play at right-back or centre-half and he’s done it at the top level.”

The Millers signed him as a free agent when he left Blackpool at the end of last season. During his time with Glasgow Rangers he played in the Europa League Final.

Former centre-half Branston, who has announced his retirement as a player after a 19-year career, added: “They’ve brought in a lot of Championship experience but some of the players who were already there can play at that level too.

“Ben Pringle is a Championship player. I played with Craig Morgan at Peterborough and he’s capable of playing there as well.

Meanwhile, Rotherham are reported to have had a bid for former loan midfielder Richard Smallwood rejected by Middlesbrough, although this hasn’t been confirmed by either club.

Boro exercised a one-year option to extend Smallwood’s contract at the end of last season, but Evans has made no secret in the past that he would like to see the 23-year-old at New York Stadium again.

Smallwood has said he would be open to a return but has also spoken of his desire to cement a Boro first-team place.

All Rotherham players are now back in pre-season training. Kari Arnason, who has signed a two-year deal, and new midfielder Paul Green returned on Monday after an extra week’s rest because of international duty.

The players travel to Scotland tomorrow and will play four matches while spending nine days north of the border.