There can be little doubt that of the 22 names to have appeared on Rotherham United’s matchday teamssheet already this season, the most surprising one has been Pablo Mills.
Certainly none of them would have been feeling happier considering that any player who has left Macclesfield, as he did at the end of last season, might not consider ending up with a League One club that looks on the up.
When he began training with the Millers a few weeks ago, it seemed simply a matter of getting fit in the hope of getting a club somewhere. Manager Steve Evans signed him when at Crawley but insisted it was just an arrangement to help the ex-Miller out - he’d no intention of signing him.
But Mills made a favourable impression amongst staff and players and with a potential shortage in centre defence, Evans - knowing him from past experience - signed him until January.
Mills was delighted with that but the signing has proved timely. Twice in three games, off the subs’ bench, he has filled defensive vacancies which have cropped up and they could have struggled otherwise. Then, having started in midfield (against the Blades) he moved to the back after injury to Craig Morgan.
He has proved valuable cover and should do so again.