SCOTT HAILS ‘COUP’

Millers boss Andy Scott was delighted to capture the signature of former Millwall midfielder Danny Schofield.
Millers boss Andy Scott was delighted to capture the signature of former Millwall midfielder Danny Schofield.

MILLERS boss Andy Scott was delighted to land what he termed a ‘marquee signing’ in bringing versatile Millwall midfielder Danny Schofield to the club.

The Doncaster-born 31-year-old signed three year deal at Rotherham after making the free switch.

And Scott could not hide his delight.

He said: “He’s a massive signing for the football club.

“He’s a real marquee signing and there were a lot of clubs interested in signing.

“He played more than 30 games in the Championship last season and was a mainstay in the side that got Millwall promoted, so the sign a player of that calibre for Rotherham is a major coup.

“I have been chasing him for a long time but it was on of those deals that at first I didn’t think we had a chance with.

“But we persevered, had a couple of meetings with him and it all worked out.”

Schofield can play anywhere across the midfield and was a key member of the Millwall side that won promotion from League One in 2010.

He started out with Brodsworth Welfare before beginning a 10 year spell with Huddersfield Town in 1998.

After almost 300 appearances he moved to Yeovil before switching to Millwall in 2009.

Fellow new signing Lewis Grabban expressed his delight at the chance to renew acquaintances with both Schofield and Scott, who he has worked with before.

The 23-year-old striker penned a two year deal with the Millers earlier this week following his release from League One side Brentford, where he previously played under Scott.

Grabban said: “After speaking with the gaffer I felt this was the best move for me. “I know him very well, I know what he’s about and I know what he will try to next season so it was an easy decision for me.”

Grabban started his career with Crystal Palace who sold him to Millwall for £150,000 in 2008.

He moved to Brentford last year, initially on loan.

At Millwall, he played alongside Schofield who he is full of praise for.

He said: “If a player of his calibre has come here it encourages others to join as well.”

Completing a trio of new names at Rotherham this week was towering defender Troy Brown who arrived from Ipswich Town.

The 20-year-old can operate at centre half or right back and played 12 times for Ipswich last season.

Brown rejected the offer of a contract extension at Portman Road to sign a two year deal with the Millers.

Scott said: “I’ve known Troy since his days at Fulham.

“He has good pace and good passing ability and he has played a few games for Ipswich.

“He now wants to establish himself as a first-team player and he is hungry to do well.”

The Millers will this week gear up towards their first pre-season friendly, at Grimsby Town next Saturday.

The following Tuesday (July 19) Rotherham could be set for their highest ever attendance at Don Valley when they welcome local rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls have been handed a 5,000 seat allocation for the tie meaning the Millers’ crowd of 6,184 against Exeter in May 2009 is under threat.