Steve Evans knew he was in a queue to sign wanted man Chris Maguire, and the Rotherham United boss didn’t mind waiting his turn.
Forward Maguire had made up hs mind to leave Sheffield Wednesday, despite the Owls offering him a new deal, alerting a trio of Championship clubs: Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Evans’ Millers.
Evans, who had written the Scottish international’s name on his list of summer targets as far back as April, said his piece to the 26-year-old and then sat back
“The lad was made an offer, a good offer, by Sheffield Wednesday, but he was unsure whether he wanted to go down the route of committing there and then,” said the Millers manager.
“He took the opportunity to have chats with others clubs, and we were happy for that process to take place.”
The Rotherham boss got his reward last Friday, as the Mllers were wrapping up their tour of Scotland, when the striker signed a one-year deal at AESSEAL New York Stadium.
“I was delighted to get the call telling me that Chris had been in touch to say ‘Yes, I’d love to be part of it here’,” he said.
Maguire decided to quit Hillsborough because he thought he was worth better than the terms Wednesday put on the table.
“I think he’s a big loss to the club on the other side of the motorway,” Evans added. “He’s certainly a big gain for us.”
Maguire’s preferred role is as a central striker, but he can also play out wide - and his versatility added to his appeal for long-time admirer Evans, who says he is only a couple of signings away from completing his pre-season recruitment.
“We’re looking to run with a squad of around 22 so players who can play in more than one position will be vital to us,” he revealed.
“Greg Halford can play in any position except goalkeeper - and he’d probably go in the net if we asked him to. Danny Collins is a centre-half who can also play left-back and right-back. They’re the kind of figures we need.”
Maguire trained yesterday for the first time with his new teammates who are in action again tomorrow night in a friendly at New York against Premier League Leicester City.