Kirk Broadfoot’s three-year stay at Rotherham over as he joins Kilmarnock

Kirk Broadfoot’s topsy-turvy Rotherham career is over after he returned north of the border, joining Kilmarnock.

The centre-half, whose 2016-17 season was ruined by injury, has joined the Scottish Premiership side for a nominal fee, signing a three-year deal at Rugby Park in a move that suits all parties.

Broadfoot still had a year to run on his contract at the Millers, but his exit has long been expected as he sought a return to Scotland, with boss Paul Warne also happy to get him off the wage bill.

 

As one of the club’s top earners, Broadfoot hardly represented value for money for the Millers over the last 12 months as they only got four appearances out of him last season due to two rounds of back surgery.

With that injury still hanging over him as he enters the twilight of his career and Warne’s desire for a younger squad, the boss was happy to let him leave.

He exits having made 64 appearances in three seasons at New York Stadium, and leaves a cult figure, but in truth his stay was littered with as many downs as he had ups.

 

There was the tough beginning to his career as boss Steve Evans played him at right-back, while the start of the 2015-16 season was ruined by a 10-game suspension for verbally abusing Wigan’s James McClean before his write-off of a campaign last year.

Sandwiched in between that ban and his injury woe was a superb run of form that saw him become a terrace hero and his Braveheart performances helped the Millers pull off a great escape in 2016, with his crowning moment a goal in the 4-0 romp at MK Dons – his only strike for the club.

He heads home to Scotland to link up with Lee McCulloch, his former Rangers team-mate,  with a deal that will take him beyond his 35th birthday.

 

 

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