Rotherham boss Paul Warne expects new signing Darren Potter to be the heartbeat of the side next season.
Potter, 32, became the Millers’ second summer arrival on Wednesday when he penned a two-year deal following his exit from MK Dons at the end of last term.
Potter, who began his career at Liverpool, is a ball-playing midfielder and Warne reckons he fits the bill.
“I think Potts is an ideal fit for us,” Warne said.
“I want someone who can control the pace of the play and someone who will allow the front five or six to really attack. He’s the perfect fit for me and I think if I could have signed him five years ago, I would have.
“He’s an experienced pro that’s played loads of games and he’s a really good character.
“When I spoke to Richie about him he said he’s one of the best pros he’s ever worked with and you can’t get a better commendation than that, because Richie sees the bad in everyone.”
Warne is trying to create a youthful side full of energy for the Millers’ crack at League One next season, but accepts the need for experience.
Potter, who helped MK Dons to a promotion-winning campaign in League One, again appears to tick that box, having made over 450 appearances in his career.
“He’s been involved in promotions and I just think if you look at his playing record over the years it’s hugely impressive,” Warne added.
“He looks after himself in the right way and I think he’ll have a great career here.
“I think the fans will love him when they see him play.
“While we have some experience through the skeleton of the team, the most experienced lads we have got are Woody and Frecks.
“After that there are pockets of appearances here and there but most of them are really young lads and under 25.
“I think he’ll be a good influence there and will allow Frecks to bomb on and he’ll be able to help (Will) Vaulks.”