ROTHERHAM UNITED: Kayode Odejayi swayed by new stadium

New boy: Kayode Odejayi
New boy: Kayode Odejayi
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A VISIT to the New York Stadium was one of the factors that helped persuade Kayode Odejayi to join Rotherham United.

Millers manager Steve Evans, who says he was determined to land the tall striker, showed the Nigerian around the new ground as part of his ‘sales pitch’.

He had to persuade him to drop from League One Colchester United into League Two and also recruit him in the face of strong opposition.

The prospect of playing there and being part of a new beginning help Odejayi plump for Rotherham.

Evans says he watched him several times last season and was impressed on every occasion.

“I spoke with people who have worked with him and managers of clubs he played against and they said he had caused their teams problems,” said Evans.

“They told me he would be a fantastic signing for us if we could get him.

“So, I’m delighted to have got him and to have beaten some good clubs in the process.”

Although not having a prolific goalscoring record, Odejayi is known as a hard-working, strong leader of the frontline who is good in the air.

He cost Barnsley £200,000 when he joined them from Cheltenham in 2007 and his most high-profile moment was scoring the winner in the 2008 FA Cup quarter-final win over Chelsea at Oakwell.

He hasn’t cost a fee and officially joins on July 1. First game in the New York Stadium is set to be against former club Barnsley on July 21.