If Richie Barker has proved anything in his short stint as Rotherham’s assistant manager so far, it’s that he can get a deal over the line.
The Millers number two, in position since the beginning of May, has single-handedly orchestrated the signing of Darren Potter, who this week joined on a two-year deal.
Barker knew the 32-year-old midfielder from their time together at MK Dons, alerted the club to his potential, and then had a strong enough pull to be able to get him to New York Stadium without meeting manager Paul Warne.
And Potter, who has won promotion from League One with the Dons, admits it was his former assistant manager that was the big attraction and led him to turn other clubs down.
“Richie Barker has been the driving force behind it, we have had a lot of conversations since he knew he was going in at Rotherham and it stemmed from there,” Potter said.
“I spoke to a lot of other clubs over the summer, a lot of them didn’t feel right for myself. I was waiting on the right one and Rotherham was the constant in the background between all of them and I felt it was the right club for me.
“We had a successful time at MK, and I just like the way Richie goes about his business, the way he works, I like his training sessions, they are enjoyable, always different and fun.
“One of the reasons I have come here is because I knew he was going to be there.”
While Potter is well-versed in what Barker is all about, he knows little about the man who will be his new boss.
The former Liverpool man’s only contact with Warne has been via text message but he is looking forward to getting to know him.
“He has got a very good relationship with everyone at the club, I don’t know too much about him myself, only through what Richie has told me,” Potter added.
“They get on really well, they are mates. I haven’t met him yet but I am looking forward to working with him, I like what I have heard so far.
“I suppose it’s strange to sign for a club without having met the manager, but Richie is the one who has been driving it forward, so the conversations have been between him and myself.
“The manager has text me, we have exchanged messages, he has welcomed me on board and we are looking forward to meeting each other and working with each other.”