ROTHERHAM United manager Andy Scott was always likely to put down a marker when he made his first signings as the Millers boss.
If the respective merits of midfielder Ben Pringle and striker Gareth Evans are anything to judge by, then hard work, effort and a never-say-die attitude are likely to be factors which will figure in the teams Scott is destined to put out.
The duo represent Scott’s first signings - Pringle, a 21-year-old midfielder from Derby County, and Evans, 23, a frontman from Bradford City who essentially played out on the right last season but can play through the middle.
Pringle, who played a number of times in Derby’s first team, is essentially a central midfielder with an attacking eye, an energetic type who works hard and is full of running.
With regular first-team football in The Championship at Derby being unlikely, he wanted to move where there was more prospect of a regular game.
“Rotherham certainly are a club on the up; there’s a new stadium in the offing and it offers me the opportunity of first-team football,” said Pringle who was wanted by other clubs and had a successful spell mid-season at Torquay, with then Gulls boss Paul Buckle effusive in his praise of the Newcastle-born midfielder when he returned to Derby the end of his loan.
“The games I’ve played for Derby, in front of big crowds and at that level, should stand me in good stead,” he added.
Evans has a reputation for giving his all and is a player known for his work ethic and for being a team player.
With uncertainty over one or two futures at Bradford, Evans said he was “delighted” when he heard of Rotherham’s interest and that the manager quickly ‘sold’ the club and its ambitions to him.
“Clearly it is a club and a manager that intends on going places and wants to start with promotion next season. That suits me fine,” he said.
Another boost is right-back Dale Tonge signing a new, two-year deal following his good finish to last season.