Departed goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell said he did not chase an exit from Rotherham.
The 29-year-old swapped the Millers for League One rivals Northampton on Monday, arriving at Sixfields for an undisclosed fee.
He had fallen out of favour under boss Paul Warne and made only 27 appearances in 12 months at the club.
He spent much of this season swapping the number one shirt with Marek Rodak and, despite not playing since November 18, thought he had a chance of winning his place back when the call came from Northampton.
Also thank you to everyone at @OfficialRUFC for my time there and thanks for the messages from everyone ??
— Richard O'Donnell (@RichODonnell23) January 8, 2018
“I wasn’t looking for it, it felt like I would get back into the team really,” the keeper said. “I found myself out of the team, but the manager here went and put out all the stops to get me really and that stuck in my mind.
“He wants to move the club forward and made me want to be a part of it.
“It was just a phone call and spoke to the manager and I was impressed with what he had to say.”
Meanwhile, Kieffer Moore expressed his gratitude to Rotherham for an “unbelievable opportunity” after he joined Barnsley on Monday.
Moore, who the Millers tried to sign on a permanent basis after his brilliant loan spell, signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at Oakwell.
— Kieffer Moore (@KRFMoore) January 9, 2018
He posted on Twitter: “Really appreciate all the messages congratulating me and welcoming me to Barnsley.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Rotherham United from the manager to the staff to the players to the fans for the unbelievable opportunity and support they gave me from the Summer through until January.
“I’d like to wish them all the best for the rest of the season!
“Departing Ipswich Town wasn’t an easy decision after Mick & TC gave me the opportunity to step back into the Championship after taking me out of non-league football but I felt it was time for a clean slate and now I can’t wait to get started with all the lads.”