Leeds United winger Aidy White was on the pitch for only 25 minutes, but that was enough for Rotherham United manager Steve Evans.
The 23-year-old came on to rapturous applause during the 0-0 draw at Elland Road, sped round Millers right-back Lawrie Wilson with his first touch and went on to enjoy an eye-catching cameo.
Now he’s looking forward to joining up with his new Rotherham teammates for pre-season training after Evans yesterday made him his first signing of the summer.
“I wasn’t on the pitch for too long but I felt I did all right,” White told The Star. “Steve Evans must have seen something he liked!”
White parted company with his boyhood club, for whom he made 111 appearances, at the end of last season, and Evans fought off significant competition to land his man.
“There were three or four other Championship clubs interested in me,” White said.
“The success Rotherham have had in the last three years, with their two promotions and then doing well last season despite things like the points deduction going against them, has been brilliant, so that helped sway me towards them.
“I wanted everything sorted out quickly, and it was good that they were fairly local for me.
“The fact they are a Championship club was one of the main factors in me joining them. I’m confident in my ability at this level and just want to go out now and play football.”
White’s outing against the Millers came in the final round of Championship matches last month but was White’s first action of the season after nine months of frustration following a broken bone in his foot.
“I’m completely over the injury. It should never have taken so long to sort out, but these things happen in football,” he said. “I’m stronger than ever now.”
Evans is meticulous in his research and will have known the majority of White’s appearances for Leeds came in the second tier, while the reception the player received from the home fans on May 2 against the Millers showed clearly what the Elland Road faithful thought about him.
He signed a one-year deal after an extensive medical, and is delighted he decided to listen to the advice of Millers midfielder Paul Green - who was once a teammate of his at Leeds.
“I talked to Greeny,” he revealed. “He said how organised and stable Rotherham were as a club and that the squad was full of great lads.
“I can’t wait to get started. I want to show the Rotherham fans what I can do.”