Rotherham United: I’m ready for action, says new Millers signing Peter Odemwingie

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New boss Kenny Jackett has moved quickly to make his first Rotherham United signing, bringing in former Premier League and World Cup striker Peter Odemwingie.

Jackett snapped up the free agent on a contract until January, just four days after taking the Millers hot-seat.

Peter Odemwingie was with Hull City in pre-season

Peter Odemwingie was with Hull City in pre-season

Odemwingie, aged 35, once commanded a transfer fee of £10 million and has a wealth of experience in the top flight with West Brom, Cardiff City and Stoke City.

The Star understands he had been talking to Bolton Wanderers, but Jackett’s presence at New York Stadium swung the deal in Rotherham’s favour.

“It happened quickly,” Odemwingie said. “I spoke to to Kenny Jackett a few months ago so he wasn’t new to me. Having a manager believe in you gives you a lot of positivity. I’m looking forward to a new start.”

He had been without a club since leaving Stoke at the end of last season but was set for a move to Premier League Hull City in the summer until manager Steve Bruce left the KC Stadium.

He spent part of last term on loan at Bristol City, scoring with a fierce shot against the Millers in a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate in April.

Jackett took over at New York Stadium only last Friday and has been in charge for only one game. Rotherham are eight points adrift of safety at the foot of the Championship and sacked Alan Stubbs last Wednesday after only one win in 14 matches.

Odemwingie added: “I love pressure so I love situations like this. A lot of time in my career I have delivered.

“I’m not the fittest I’ve ever been, obviously, but I have stayed on top of my fitness. Weight wise, I am probaly one kilo abioe what I want to be. That doesn’t take long to burn off.

“I feel ready to go. Maybe not for 90 minutes, but I have never struggled with fitness in my career so it won’t take me long to get back to my best.”

Odemwingie scored 15 goals in the 2010/11 Premier League season with West Brom but is probably more famous for trying and failing to force through a transfer-deadline-day move to QPR in 2013 by driving to Loftus Road in the full glare of the Sky TV cameras.

The Nigerian international, who played in the World Cup final stages in 2010 and 2014, was with the Baggies between 2010 and 2013, scoring 30 goals in 87 league matches, before switching to Cardiff in a £2,250,000 move.

Four months later, in a swap deal involving Kenwyne Jones, he joined Stoke where he hit five goals in 27 league appearances.

Born in Russia, he grew up there and in Nigeria, becoming a professional in Nigeria before moves to Belgium and France. His form with French club Lille persuaded Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow to pay £10m for his services in 2010 and he spent three years there until moving to England to join West Brom.

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