Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has shown an eye for signing young, untried players with promise and he continued that trend yesterday.
In came right back Richard Brindley, barely wet behind the ears in footballing experience terms.
Having celebrated his 20th birthday earlier this month, Brindley had the final four months of the season with Chesterfield who had spotted him with Blue Square South club Chelmsford City.
He was offered another deal for next season but interest developed from other clubs and it’s Rotherham who have landed him with - says Evans - a Championship club in for him as well.
Certainly Evans mixed up his signings over the past 12 months. Of the 25 he made, many were experienced but a number were talented young players striving to make their way in the game and Brindley looks to fall into that category.
He caught the eye during Chelmsford’s FA Cup run, particularly in their stunning win over League One neighbours Colchester United in which Brindley had an assist with one of the goals in the 3-1 win.
He had been brought through the ranks at Norwich from the age of nine but last Summer he was released and drifted into non-league.
He had a trial at Hull City and Chesterfield interest followed whereupon he joined the Spireites in January and went on to make a dozen appearances.
Brindley missed Chesterfield’s final game of the season through what was said at the time to be a hernia injury.
In all Evans brought in a number of young players with little experience or fairly limited experience this season, with Kieron Agard the most successful largely because of a spell of three vital goals in three games at the end of the season.
Loan signings included 19-year-olds in left winger Courtney Cameron and striker Adam Morgan and 18-year-old defender Jack O’Connell. All played, the last two just a few appearances but Cameron made 18 in all and scored one of the club’s goals of the season with a last minute winner at Rochdale.
There were others too who came without lots of games under their belt including Jordan Slew, Dan Kearns, John Morris and Jamie Devitt.