ROTHERHAM United boss Steve Evans has revealed he would have tried to sign centre-back Ian Sharps this summer even if he was still in charge of Crawley Town.
Former captain Sharps became Evans’ third summer recruit on Tuesday after rejecting a new deal to stay at Shrewsbury Town.
“Ian was top of my summer targets,” Evans told The Star. “If I had still been at Crawley, I would have looked to get him on board. The same applies for Daniel Nardiello and Kayode Odejayi.
“It goes without saying I have had to work hard to get these players to come here.”
A fans favourite from his first spell with the club, Sharps made 185 appearances for the Millers between 2006 and 2010, receiving the club Player of the Year award in 2009. Sharps, named in the League Two Team of the Year for the past three seasons, played 43 league times as the Shrews gained automatic promotion this year.
Evans said: “Ian didn’t take much persuading to rejoin the club. I think he has always had a love of Rotherham and perhaps, deep down, he didn’t want to leave last time. The thing is you don’t have to sell Rotherham United these days. You only have to show players around the stadium and they get excited.
“Ian realises the place could be rocking at the New York Stadium and it is very much something the players want to be part of. If you are ever going to join Rotherham, you would want it to be now because we are going places.”