Rotherham United: Forgotten striker heads out to non-league on loan
Rotherham striker Jamie Proctor has signed for National League side AFC Fylde until the end of the season.
The 27-year-old was recalled from his existing loan at Scunthorpe before immediately joining the Coasters.
He spent the first half of the season on loan at Glanford Park but it was not a successful move as he scored just once in 14 games. Both Proctor and the club will be hopeful that the switch to Fylde will be more beneficial.
The striker will definitely enjoy a shorter commute, as living in Lancashire he had to travel across the Pennines for training each day.
He is under contract until the summer of 2021 at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, but he has yet to hit the heights following his serious knee injury two-and-a-half years ago.
A move to the National League side could kick-start his career and their boss Jim Bentley hopes it has the desired effect.
“It’s a big signing for us,” Bentley said on Fylde's website. “It’s important that we have the top end right – we need players in the positions to effect the top end and score the goals.
“He’s played at Championship level as well as League One and League Two in successful sides.
“He’s an outstanding professional and a good character, and he’s a very determined individual.
“The big thing for me is that he’s keen to come here and play. He’s impressed with what we’ve got here and he lives only 15 minutes away from the ground.”
Proctor will still have a year left at Rotherham by the time his loan spell ends, but Bentley is open to the possibility of it becoming permanent.
“Who knows where it could lead,” he said. “Jamie Proctor could potentially be one of, if the not, the, best striker in the league and maybe moving forward this could be a signing that is good for both parties”
“I’m sure that he’ll be a success for us and we’re looking forward to working with him.
“He’s got a great background and he’s still got fantastic potential.
“He’s at a good age where he’s got his best years ahead of him and he’s desperate to get back to where he was.”
“I’ve got a history within my managerial career of re-launching careers of players who might’ve lost their way for whatever reason such as lack of form or injury.
“There’s evidence there to suggest we do a good job with players like that and ultimately they go back up the levels.”