Rotherham manager Paul Warne has never left us in doubt exactly what he looks for in a new signing.
Having seen what damage toxic players can cause at a club like the Millers when he was handed a dressing room full of them 18 months ago, Warne places more value on personal characteristics than what someone can do on a pitch.
Of course, they have to be able to play and Warne has shown he has an eye for a player, with a favourable track record so far.
Regardless of how they have performed, all of Warne’s signings of the last 12 months have had similar DNA.
But new arrival Clark Robertson, who penned a three-year deal on Friday, might be the most typical yet.
Young. Check – Robertson is 24 and with his best years ahead of him.
Hungry to prove himself. Check – The Scottish defender wants to test himself at a higher level and turned down a move to Sunderland in order to play in the Championship.
— Clark Robertson (@robertson_3) June 29, 2018
Has ability to improve. Check – Although stating he has played his best ever football for the last two years, Warne believes Robertson can get even better.
A ‘good human being’. Check – Robertson impressed Warne with his family values when him and his dad travelled down from Scotland to meet the boss.
There’s no doubting Robertson’s footballing talent either.
He was Blackpool’s player of the season last year and is reported to be on Alex McLeish’s radar for a call-up to the Scotland squad – another reason Robertson opted to join the Millers.
So, having ticked all the right boxes, Warne was delighted to get his man.
“I think he’s a really good acquisition and I know that other clubs were after him,” the boss said.
“We’ve had numerous conversations with him and his agent and we’re pleased to get it over the line.
“He’s at an age where he wants to step up a level and he’s got ambitions to try and get into the full national squad and he’ll have a chance of doing that playing in the Championship.
“I’ve always liked him and I met him and his dad, who flew down to meet me, which shows me his commitment.”