Rotherham United: Millers newcomer ready to go

Wes Thomas
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New signing Wes Thomas says he is ready to start should he be given the nod by Millers boss Steve Evans at Shrewsbury Town today.

The 26-year-old striker, who joined Rotherham from Bournemouth to the end of the season for an undisclosed fee, last played for the Cherries as a second half substitute on November 30.

“I’ve not had first team football since then although I have played some reserve games but I’m ready to go if needed,” said Thomas.

“I’ve kept myself in good shape so I’ll be ready when required and I’ve certainly come here to play games.”

Thomas had the opportunity to stay in the Championship - it is believed Birmingham (where he was on loan last season) were set to sign him - and a couple of clubs at that level were interested as well as League One clubs.

“It was tempting to stay in The Championship but it didn’t seem right for me and Rotherham offered me the chance to come until the end of the season and then see where we are,” he added.

“The important thing was to get games and show I can score goals and I’m sure that is the opportunity here at Rotherham; I want to be playing football.”

Although he can operate in both striker roles, Thomas sees himself mainly as a leader of the line and that obviously throws up a direct challenge to Alex Revell for that role.

The big target man responded magnificently earlier this season when Tom Eaves came in on loan and threatened to displace him. It meant Eaves made only two starts and was called back by Bolton and is now on loan at Shrewsbury and set to face the Millers today.

Tom Hitchock could start up front after his impact as a substitute in the win over Crewe last week. Miles Addison is available after a foot injury but Craig Morgan misses out after toe surgery. Claude Dvais completes his ban today.