Rotherham United: Daniel Lafferty ends long wait for Millers

Danny Ward
Danny Ward

A nine-month wait paid off for boss Steve Evans on the eve of Rotherham United’s trip to Huddersfield Town.

Left-back Daniel Lafferty joined on loan from Premier League Burnley and goes straight into the Millers squad for the Yorkshire derby at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Daniel Lafferty

Daniel Lafferty

Evans revealed he had been tracking the 25-year-old international who can play at left-back, centre-half or in midfield since the end of last season

“He’s a young man we first tried to sign back in the summer, but obviously when you get a three-year deal at a Premier club you’re not going to say ‘yes’ to Rotherham, are you?” he said.

“We’ve kept in touch with (Burnley boss) Sean Dyche and asked about him on several occasions.

“We asked last week and were told there was a possibility. There was dialogue with Sean over the weekend.

“Daniel’s got some wonderful qualities.”

Lafferty, who has made 34 league starts for the Clarets, including one in the Premier League, and has 10 Northern Ireland caps, said: “I travelled with Burnley to Liverpool for preparation for the game on Wednesday night.

“Then I got the phone call and spoke to Sean Dyche the manager and he confirmed it.

“It all moved quite quickly. By the middle of Wednesday I knew I was coming here and it was all done and dusted.”

The Millers head for West Yorkshire with striker Danny Ward determined to make an impact at the club where he endured two difficult seasons before arriving at AEESEAL New York Stadium on a permanent deal in the January transfer window.

“Obviously it’s a massive game for me. I was there for quite a few years and I’ve got a bit of a point to prove,” he said.

“My last couple of years at Huddersfield were frustrating. I was out of the team and it wasn’t happening.”

After working hard on his fitness, Ward has has been rewarded with a run in the team and has scored three goals - two in his last two matches.

“It’s good to get playing and get the goals as well,” he admitted.

Evans’ men lost 3-1 to Cardiff in midwek, when individual defensive errors cost them dear, and remain six points clear of the Championship drop zone.

But with relegation rivals Wigan Athletic winning their last two matches, Ward added: “It’s massive now that we go to Huddersfield and get the three points on Saturday.

“We know we’re capable of creating chances and defending better.”

Rotherham will be without loan winger Adam Hammill as the Terriers are his parent club.