Rotherham United: New Millers signings are all White by Aidy

New signing Joe Mattock
New signing Joe Mattock

He was first through the door at Rotherham United this summer ... and Aidy White has grown more and more excited with each subsequent arrival.

Manager Steve Evans landed the ex-Leeds man last month, and since then Joe Mattock, Lewis Buxton, Emmanuel Ledesma, Danny Collins, Tom Thorpe and Greg Halford have all joined the Millers.

First summer signing Aidy White. Picture: Jim Brailsford

First summer signing Aidy White. Picture: Jim Brailsford

“I’m definitely impressed by who we’ve signed,” said White, “It shows the aims of the club this season with the quality of players who have come in.

“They are all established Championship players, and it’s only going to get better. They are all good signings in my eyes.”

White, who is completely recovered from the foot problem which blighted his final season at Elland Road, is happiest as a left winger but doesn’t mind where he is picked as long as he makes the team.

“My main aim is to be playing every week,” he said. “I want to stake my place in the team and stay there and get on the scoresheet a few times. I just want to get back playing and enjoying myself and showing people what I can do.

“Predominantly, the Gaffer has signed me as a winger, although it doesn’t mean I wouldn’t play left-back if needs be. He has brought in Joe Mattock as a left-back, and the manager said to me before I signed that he was looking to play me on the wing. Obviously, things can change, but I am quite happy playing any position.”

“I switched a lot at Leeds between left wing and left-back. I am comfortable playing there, and I have played right wing, left-back and in the hole, a bit of everywhere. As long as I am playing, I am happy.”

The Millers, who are placing a premium on versatility as they build towards the next Championship season, are in action this afternoon in a pre-season friendly at Stocksbridge, and that could mean another chance for young midfielder Grant Ward to impress.

The Spurs teenager who starred on loan last season at League One Coventry City, has been training with the Millers and looked good in the 6-0 midweek win over Parkgate as well as scoring a spectacular goal.

Rotherham assistant manager Paul Raynor said: “He’s a player that we like and we’ll see where that goes.”

Meanwhile, Rotherham have missed out on a £250,000 transfer windfall in the Sky Bet Transfer Fund competition

Millers fan Jason Cusworth was selected at random from more than 100,000 Sky Bet customers for a place in the final 10, with the name of the supporter drawn out of the hat winning the cash for his club to spend on players.

The prize went to Derby County.