New Rotherham defender Clark Robertson says the prospect of Championship football and the chat of Paul Warne lured him to the club.
Robertson, 24, put pen to paper on a three-year deal at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, joining on a free transfer after rejecting a new deal at Blackpool.
The Scot also had a contract offer from Sunderland, who will be playing in League One, but opted for the Millers – a significant coup for the club given the size of the Black Cats.
“I think it’s the right step in my career to come here,” Robertson said.
“The last two years have probably been the best football I’ve played in my career so far and I think coming here is the right fit for me at the right time.
“Hopefully I can come here and play well and develop even further under the manager.
“I had other offers in League One but I think I’ve got to test myself in the Championship and I feel as though I’m ready to do that.”
Warne’s meetings with potential new players are becoming a thing of folklore as the boss will make his decision on whether to pursue the signing based on that initial time spent with him.
He has always admitted that is a two-way street, though, accepting that not all players will like him.
But that was not a problem when Robertson and Warne got together.
“I came down and met the manager and I got a good feel for the place,” the Scot added.
“The manager was enthusiastic about everything and he was desperate to get me in the door and when you feel that wanted it makes you want to come to the club, so I’m delighted to get it done.
“I think he’ll be a good man-manager for myself and he’s very enthusiastic and I can’t wait to get started because I think he’ll be good for me and my development.
“I think when I came down Paul Warne sold me on the team spirit that they have here and they’ve got a good group of players and the facilities here you can’t complain about.”