Boss Neil Redfearn believes Aimen Belaid’s international experience will help the Rotherham United new boy quickly adjust to the demands of the Championship.
The centre-half, who has played for Tunisia, joined the Millers on a two-and-a-half-year contract yesterday and could be given his first taste of English football in this afternoon’s FA Cup third-round clash at Leeds United.
His manager said: “He’s got a great pedigree. He’s an international footballer, so he has played at a top level. He has played all over Europe so he comes with an ability and composure that comes with the level he has played at.
“He’s here on a permanent deal. He is one of the building blocks for the future of the club. It’s two and a half years so it’s a big plus.”
The 27-year-old left-footer, who can also play at left-back and in midfield, has previously played in Bulgaria for Locomotiv Plovdiv and, more recently, Levski Sofia.
The Millers have also signed former Leeds goalkeeper Alex Cairns, aged 23, until the end of the season, after the expiry of his short-term deal with Chesterfield.