Shaun Cummings’ arrival shows new way of life at Rotherham

Gone are the days where Rotherham sign players on a Friday afternoon and give them a debut 24 hours later.

The arrival of defender Shaun Cummings, a free agent who has penned a one-year deal, gives another glimpse into the Paul Warne way.

Warne has been at the club for the last decade where he has sat behind a host of managers who have brought in players at will and often without any due diligence.

 

A large percentage of those incomings did not come off and Warne, now the manager, has learned from that. He will not sign a player unless he knows he will fit into the group.

Cummings, 28, has past that test after impressing Warne on trial over the last week, where the sole purpose of having him at the club before he signed a deal was to vet the right-back’s character.

Warne was particularly pleased at Cummings taking that gamble and has rewarded him with a contract for the 2017-18 season.

Warne said: “He agreed to come up before we signed him and he trained with us for a few days so we could get to know him a little better.

 

“I liked what I saw, we need to get him fitter obviously but he will play a part going forward.

“He is a really good kid, the lads like him and he has slotted into the club really well.

“The fact that he was willing to come up and just train initially, with nothing on the table, with the clubs that he has been at was testament to his character.

“He has done well in training, but we can see that there’s more to him as he gets fitter. Once he is fit, he will be competing for a place.”

Cummings, whose career began at Chelsea, has been without a club since his release from Millwall at the end of last season, having helped the Lions win promotion to the Championship.

He is lacking the fitness of his new team-mates but will challenge Josh Emmanuel for a starting spot when he gets up to speed.

 

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