IT proved to be third time lucky for Rotherham United manager Steve Evans when he landed striker Daniel Nardiello.
When he was in charge at Crawley, Evans inquired about the 29-year-old striker last summer and then went back for him in January, by which time he had lost his strike pair of Matt Tubbs and Tyrone Barnett.
With Nardiello out of contract this summer, Evans made the one-time Barnsley player one of his top targets as he looks to shake up the Millers squad and add several players to those already there.
“I worked hard on this one, spoke to him and had him down to look round the New York Stadium,” said Evans.
“I knew there were other clubs in for him, and these included some in League One, so I am delighted he has agreed to join us.
“He is a gifted player and the type who can excite people.”
Nardiello, immensely talented as a youngster and with a father (Donato) who played at Coventry, initially signed for Manchester United but made only one first-team appearance, in a cup tie.
He had a successful loan spell at Barnsley and went on to have three years at Oakwell. He moved to QPR and then Blackpool, although he was mainly a substitute in his two years there.
He joined Exeter in 2010 and scored 11 goals last season.
The League Two Play-off semi-finals start tonight with Crewe hosting Paul Sturrock’s Southend United in the first leg (5.30pm).