Miles Addison can’t wait to grasp the chance that Rotherham United are offering him and end some 13 months on the outside looking in.
Addison has joined the Millers on loan until the end of the season from Bournemouth for whom he last played a league game in November 2012 before his season was cut short by a bad foot injury which included a damaged tendon.
With Bournemouth gaining promotion to the Championship last season, Addison has not been able to dislodge the regular centre defence pairing and his move to the Millers suits everyone.
“It will be great to get the chance of playing first team football again,” said Addison, 24, who can be deployed at centre back or in central midfield.
“What with the injury initially putting me out, it’s been a frustrating time and coming into this season, in the Championship, it was my biggest challenge trying to get into the team.
“I’m grateful to Rotherham for giving me the opportunity and I want to take it and I’m looking forward to trying to help them push on from where they are now.”
Millers manager Steve Evans believes Addison, whose career began at Derby, can definitely strengthen their promotion challenge.
“He’s a big powerful lad, he’s strong and he’ll get his head on things and he’s also technically very good,” he said. “He is match ready; I watched him against a very experienced QPR side less than three weeks ago and he was simply outstanding.”
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said: “Miles has been excellent but, for his own career, we want him to be getting some football so that he can progress.”
Addison is the first of Evans’s January signings and he will also look to add to his striker options with Scunthorpe’s 12 goal top scorer Sam Winnall the latest player to be linked with the Millers.
With Matt Tubbs ending his loan spell (he returned to Bournemouth then instantly went on loan to his former club Crawley Town), Daniel Nardiello extending his loan spell at Bury to the end of the season and Danny Hylton out for several weeks after a hernia operation, Evans is short on striker options and cover.
They remainly firmly interested in French forward Nouha Dicko - recently recalled by Wigan Athletic from his loan at Rotherham - but he is set to be the subject of strong interest from other clubs as well.
Of the three players who can play up front, Kieran Agard is playing regularly on the right whilst Haris Vuckic’s loan deal expires at the end of January. The other is Alex Revell.
When the Addison signing was finalised, Evans said others would be following and has not ruled out bringing in more reinforcements before they welcome Crewe Alexandra to the New York Stadium on Saturday. Crewe sit fourth from bottom in League One but are seeking a third successive win.