Dominic Ball back out on loan as Rotherham career ends

By the time that Dominic Ball’s Rotherham career officially ends next summer there will surely be a place for him somewhere in the history books.

The 22-year-old’s stay at the AESSEAL New York Stadium is effectively over already after on Wednesday he agreed to spend the final season of his Millers contract on loan Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen.

It means that come next June when his three-year Rotherham deal expires, he will have spent the best part of two and a half years out on loan.

 

Having arrived for a six-figure fee from Tottenham under the management of Alan Stubbs in 2016, that has to make him one of the least value for money signings in the club’s history.

And surely there has never been a player that has spent so much of a lengthy contract playing for other teams.

Ball, who can play as a defender or midfielder, returns to Pittodrie where he spent the majority of last season.

He first left the club temporarily in January 2017, heading to Peterborough, but fell foul of manager Grant McCann after complaining about playing right-back and was sent back early.

In total he has made 15 appearances for the Millers, but only three under current boss Paul Warne, who at three different stages, has not taken a shine to him.

Stubbs, however, highly rated him after he impressed on a loan spell at Rangers and brought him to the club ahead of the 2016/17 campaign, though he could not recreate that form in South Yorkshire.

A club statement said: “The versatile operator, who enjoyed a spell with the Dons last season, returns north of the border on a deal until June 9th.

“The former Spurs youngster helped Aberdeen to second position last season, making 19 appearances in all competitions under Derek McInnes.

“Everyone at Rotherham United would like to wish Dom well for the season ahead.”

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