His goal return in his debut Millers season did his talent scant justice, but the real Jordan Bowery could be about to stand up for Rotherham United.
The club paid a then-record fee to prise him away from Aston Villa 12 months ago only for the 6ft 3in striker to spend much of his time on the bench.
Yet manager Steve Evans believes there were encouraging signs towards the end of last season that Bowery is poised to realised his undoubted potential.
“I think he got better in the last six to eight weeks,” the Rotherham boss said.
“I think he started to grab some of the stuff we have worked with him on on the training ground in terms of what it takes from him.”
Bowery scored five times in 36 appearances, and Evans would love to see him unleash his true self on the Championship when the Millers return to action on August 8.
“We just need consistency,” he said, “Some days, he turns up in training and you think: ‘Wow, this is a Premiership boy.’ He has all the attributes. He’s six feet three, powerful, quick and strong, can score a goal and is good in the air.”
The former Chesterfield hitman, aged 23, started six Championship matches and three cup games last term and was used as a substitute in the league 27 times.
He grabbed goals against Bournemouth, Bolton, Blackpool and Sheffield Wednesday and headed home the crucial equaliser against Norwich at the end of April as the Millers closed on their second-tier survival despite a three-point Football League deduction.
The form of fellow attacker Danny Ward restricted Bowery’s playing time as the Millers finished last season on a four-match unbeaten run.
“Danny was a big player for us in the last month, and Jordan could have done a lot of that role,” Evans said.
“We are looking at exciting things from Jordan.”
Meanwhile, Fulham are leading the chase to sign former Millers midfield man Ben Pringle.
The 25-year-old had two good games against the Cottagers last season and is wanted by Craven Cottage boss Kit Symons.
Ipswich are also believed to be interested in the left midfielder who was a star of Rotherham’s climb from League Two.
Pringle, who is away on holiday, has said he will wait to see what offers are on the table, but is keen to remain in the Championship.
Striker Nadir Ciftci has rejected a new contract at SPL side Dundee United. Reports north of the border suggested he was a Rotherham target, but Evans has dismissed those claims.