ROTHERHAM United are hardly at the front of the queue when it comes to signing current internationals.
But, as part of his summer signing spree, busy manager Steve Evans has rectified that one with the signing of current Iceland international Kari Arnason.
It adds to another of his newcomers Michael O’Connor who is also a full international although he hasn’t added to his 10 Northern Ireland caps since 2010.
The Millers boss travelled to France two weeks ago to watch Arnason play for Iceland when he was named Man of the Match.
Although he is regarded as a central midfielder - which is where Evans intends to play him - he can also play in centre defence and did so against France as Iceland took a 2-0 lead before being overhauled by two very late goals to lose 3-2.
He also played against Sweden in Gothenburg last week, another 3-2 defeat - on that occasion in midfield - and Evans had him checked by a Premier League club’s European chief scout.
Arnason, 29, was out of contract at Aberdeen where he moved after a year at Plymouth at a time when the West Country club were in financial meltdown and he actually went months without pay.
“He was outstanding against France,” said Evans. “I watched him last season and he is an outstanding player, technically very good, can pass, aggressive, likes a tackle and a long throw as well.
“This is an exciting signing and one I’m absolutely delighted with. The chairman has again been so very supportive and it’s great to get such support.
“We are aiming to put out a side our fans will be very proud of and signings like this one will help do that.”
Arnason has also played in Denmark and Sweden, including the Champions League.
Midfielder Danny Harrison, released by the Millers, has joined Ronnie Moore at Tranmere who he left to sign for Rotherham in 2007.