Joe Mattock was already smitten with AESSEAL New York Stadium … a chat with Rotherham United boss Steve Evans did the rest.
The left-back was keen on joining the Millers after leaving Sheffield Wednesday and hearing of Evans’ interest, having loved playing at Rotherham’s 12,000-seater home for the Owls.
And a meeting with the Rotherham boss confirmed his instincts were right.
“I came back from holiday and met up with Steve Evans,” said the 25-year-old who has signed a two-year deal with the Championship Millers.
“It was a great meeting. We had a chat and he told me all about where he wanted the club to be heading. I was impressed by him and what he had to say.
“He told me was hoping to sign Aidy White, who is a friend and a player I rate, so when that happened a few days later it made things even better.”
The 25-year-old featured 30 times for the Owls in one of the Championship’s tightest defences, and is keen to bring his second-tier experience to bear on his new club.
“I’ve spent nearly all of my career in the Championship,” said Mattock, who has also played for Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion. “Staying at this level was a priority. It can be hard dropping down to League One and having to prove yourself all over again.
“It’s a new chapter for me and I’m really excited by it. I’m 25 now and need to be playing as much as possible and at as high a level as possible.”
Rotherham have been drawn at home to Cambridge United in the first round of the Capital One Cup, with the tie likely to be played on Tuesday August 11.
Millers midfielder Kari Arnason is closing in on appearing at the 2016 European Championships after Iceland beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in a Euro qualifier.
After six matches, Iceland lead Group A, on 15 points - two ahead of the Czechs and five clear of Holland in third place.
Arnason played the full match against a Czech side including Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech and Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky.
Former Millers favourite Chris Sedgwick has been appointed first-team coach at Bury in a player-coach role, while another one-time Rotherham player, Andy Monkhouse, has rejected a fresh deal at Bristol Rovers who won promotion to the Football League last season.
Ex-Rotherham loan striker Luciano Becchio is heading back to his native Argentina and joining Belgrano after being freed by Norwich City.
The Millers have added another match to their pre-season calendar and will play at Parkgate FC on Wednesday July 8 (kick-off 7.30pm).