IN the final week when signings can be made for this season, Rotherham United can consider they have made a “new” signing without even contacting another club.
Central defender Craig Morgan has been missing for four months after suffering a leg fracture last November.
His return was finally confirmed in Rotherham’s last fixture, at Cheltenham on March 16, and the player was looking forward to his New York Stadium return last Saturday until the game with Exeter was called off following the heavy overnight snow.
Now, his fitness gets put to the test after such a long time out assuming he plays in both the Easter games, at home to AFC Wimbledon on Good Friday (3pm) and then at leaders Gillingham on Easter Monday (3pm).
Whatever, Morgan is determined to make the most of things in these final weeks.
“It’s a long time to be out so it’s great to be back,” said the 27-year-old who was unwanted by Preston and snapped up by the Millers a couple of weeks into this season.
“I’d had a couple of false starts where I wasn’t quite right but now I just want to help us achieve what we all want this season and I want to play a part.
“Of course, losing at Cheltenham wasn’t the ideal return but we’re right in the mix and there’s a determination to do well.”
Manager Steve Evans is sure that Morgan will be a key figure.
“Craig Morgan will be a big player for us in these closing stages,” said Evans. “He was in excellent form when he got injured.
“Getting him back at this stage is like having a new signing. He put his body on the line at Cheltenham and he showed us earlier this season what he brings to the team.”
Former Millers striker Tom Pope was named League Two Player of the Year at the Football League awards night. All managers had a vote.