Rotherham United: Grateful Tavernier’s parting shot

James Tavernier
James Tavernier

Departed full-back James Tavernier has acknowledged the role Rotherham United have played in launching his career.

The right-back starred in the second half of the Millers’ League One promotion campaign last season while on loan from Newcastle and has sinced signed a permanent deal with Wigan.

“My time at Rotherham was a good stepping stone,” he said,

“It helped me out a lot and gave me a platform to perform.

“I felt I seized the opportunity with both hands.”

The 22-year-old had a year left on his contract with Newcastle but wanted to leave so he could play more first-team football.

Rotherham agreed a fee with the Magpies for his services but refused to meet his wage demands and Tavernier opted for the DW Stadium instead.

On his switch to the Millers’ Championship rivals, he said: “It is a new chapter in my career now.

“I cannot wait to put on the Wigan shirt and show the fans and the manager what I can do out on the field.

“I am a very attacking full-back - I scored five goals last year.

“Hopefully, I can improve that even more next season - fans will see me getting up the pitch and attacking while defending too.”

Before his stint at New York Stadium, Tavernier had failed to make a league start for Newcastle and had been out on loan at Shrewsbury, MK Dons, Sheffield Wednesday, Carlisle and Gateshead.

Meanwhile, there is thought to be no truth in reports linking Rotherham with released Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller.

The 27-year-old free agent, who finished last season on loan at Yeovil, is said to be interesting several Championship sides and also clubs from abroad.

The claims have been made by his agent.

Peter Morrison, of James Grant Group, said: “Ishmael has a number of options available to him.

“It’s important he makes the right decision and doesn’t rush into anything.”