Rotherham United: Double boost for Millers

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Rotherham United followers got a double boost yesterday ahead of their side’s big challenge against booming Leyton Orient at the New York Stadium today.

The signing of winger Nicky Adams and confirmation that striker Tom Hitchcock had extended his loan, meant that Steve Evans had effectively ensured eight January signings would be at the New York Stadium for the club’s promotion push.

Adams - a target for Evans earlier this season with a reported £250,000 bid - arrives from Crawley for an undisclosed fee, believed to be less than £100,000.

He played against Rotherham last Saturday, setting up Crawley’s opening goal.

Adams, 27, started at Bury for whom he became the last opposing player to score a penalty at Rotherham’s old Millmoor ground when doing so in a 2-1 defeat in November 2007.

He later joined Leicester and has played for Brentford and Rochdale as well as having a six match loan spell with Leyton Orient, today’s visitors to the New York Stadium.

The uncertainty over striker Hitchcock’s loan extension ended when he agreed to stay to the end of the season.

His parent club QPR had been having striker problems but boss Harry Redknapp signed two strikers yesterday, including wolves Kevin Doyle, and so Hitchcock stays.

The others to arrive or extend their stays this month have been Miles Addison, James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic, Richard Smallwood, West Thomas and Blair Turgott.

“I said we would go out of January stronger than we went into it and I have no doubts that is the case,” said boss Evans who has seen six players move out or extend loan stays.

Orient have signed ex-Barnsley goalkeeper Ben Alnwick from Charlton after Hull recalled Eldin Jakupovic. With No 1 Jamie Jones out, inexperienced Jake Larkins, 20, was the only fit keeper. They’ve also signed midfielder Marvin Bartley from Burnley.