The emergence of midfielder Rob Milsom has been one of the many plus points for Rotherham United this season.
Plucked from Aberdeen in the summer, his quality wasn’t in doubt but an injury record which included knee surgery meant that the Millers hedged their bets when offering him a six month deal.
He accepted the chance he was getting and the opportunity to prove his fitness too and, once in the team, he has grasped that chance with both hands.
Millers manager Steve Evans did not need to wait any longer and the 26-year-old, who started out in the Fulham Academy, has signed an 18 month contract which will take him to the end of next season.
“He got his debut at Aston Villa which was quite a start but he was outstanding that night, comfortable in that company and he matched those Premier League players on the pitch,” said Evans.
“He’s been outstanding, by and large, but we are aware that we need to be a bit careful with him because he hasn’t had a lot of football over a long stint because of injury.
“We’re delighted we’ve done something and, for me, we’ve picked up someone who could play at The Championship level, no problem.”
Milsom will be in midfield tomorrow for the home game with Colchester United who last week beat Peterborough.
Skipper Craig Morgan misses out through a one-match ban which will see Pablo Mills fill in again.
“I said we’d assess ourselves at the end of October and I think we’ve 90 per cent of the jigsaw right but the other ten per cent is massively important,” said Evans.
“We’ve had some sparkling performances, played some outstanding football at times and had a really poor 45 minutes against Swindon and a poorish first half at Orient. We’re 10th but so close, just two points, to the leading pack but we know where we need to improve .”