Rotherham United knew it was no use trying to sign new boy Paul Green unless they won promotion to the Championship.
Talks began just days after the League One Play-off at Wembley when the Millers secured their place in the second tier of English football.
“Paul is a proven Championship performer of great quality over many seasons,” boss Steve Evans said.
“We knew we would have to offer him the chance to remain at that level if we were realistic about him joining us.”
Midfielder Green, a 31-year-old Republic of Ireland international, has penned a two-year deal at New York Stadium.
The deal was agreed between both parties several days ago, with the formalities finalised yesterday.
Green was released by Leeds United after finishing last season on loan at Ipswich Town and has spent the last six seasons in the Championship after making his breakthrough with Doncaster Rovers.
“He has great energy and enthusiasm and is what I would call a true box-to-box player,” Evans added.
Born in Pontefract, Green scored 10 goals in 125 games for Derby County.
Evans now has the task of integrating 11 new players into his squad in quickfire time after Rotherham’s players returned to pre-season training.
The Millers squad were back from their break yesterday and their first friendly is just 12 days away.
Rotherham face Greenock Morton on Saturday July 12 in the opening game of their four-match Scottish tour. It kicks of a hectic round of fixtures, with the Millers playing 10 times before their Championship campaign begins at Derby on August 9.