Rotherham United believe Sheffield Wednesday’s loss is their gain after landing former Owls star Lewis Buxton.
The right-back signed for the Millers on Thursday, just 24 hours after meeting boss Steve Evans for the first time.
Rotherham assistant manager Paul Raynor said: “We were slightly surprised that a player of his calibre was let go by Sheffield Wednesday.
“We highlighted it as something we wanted to do.
“We met face to face with Lewis on Wednesday for the first time,
“He was anxious to sign and keen to come and join us, and liked what we had to say. We’re delighted he’s joined us.”
Buxton was released by the Owls after seven seasons and 202 starts at the end of the last Chammpionship campaign and has agreed a 12-month deal at AESSEAL New York Stadium with the option of a second year.
The 31-year-old said: “I’d been there for a long time and I had some good times there.
“But this is a new chapter for me and I’ve got to crack on and focus on doing as well as possible.It was a simple decision, I just want to get back playing.
“I came down and met the manager and staff on Wednesday and I was really impressed. I’m looking forward to the new season.”
Isle-of-Wight-born Buxton had injury problems last term, but was on the bench for the Millers v Owls New York derby showdown in March, before impressing as a stand-in centre-half when he returned to the Wednesday side in April.
“I’m looking for a fresh start,” he said. “I want to get back to the level I’m capable of.”