5 things you need to know about new Rotherham striker Kyle Vassell

Rotherham have signed Kyle Vassell on a free transfer.

The 26-year-old has followed Clark Robertson to the AESSEAL New York Stadium, having also turned down a new deal at Blackpool.

Here’s five things you need to know about Vassell.


Long-distance relative

There is a more famous Vassell name in English football, that of former England international Darius. And apparently the pair are related somehow, though Kyle admitted in 2014 that they had never met.

A young Canary

Vassell came through the youth system at Norwich, something that will endear him to Canaries-supporting boss Paul Warne. He left Carrow Road as a 15-year-old, though, to join Brentford.

Non-league apprentice

After failing to make the grade with the Bees, Vassell dropped into non-league in a bid to kickstart his career. Along the way he had spells with Woking, St Albans City, Dover, Sutton, Chelmsford, Staines, Whitehawk, Tooting and Mitcham and Bishop’s Stortford.


New Dwight Gayle

It was his form at Bishop’s Stortford that laid the foundations for a move to the Football League and he earned the tag of the ‘new Dwight Gayle’. Gayle had been on a goalscoring glut at the club and got a move to Peterborough and Vassell did similar, joining Posh in November 2013 after scoring 16 goals in 16 games.

Don Valley Trial

Vassell is having a second bite of the cherry with the Millers after originally having a trial under Andy Scott in 2011. Scott did not rate him at the time, though, and no deal was offered.






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