Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Conor Plumps for Ambitious Millers; Geordie Newton Chooses Rotherham over Bigger Clubs

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Conor Plumps for Ambitious Millers; Geordie Newton Chooses Rotherham over Bigger Clubs

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@ncjmedia.co.uk

CONOR NEWTON could have signed for one of the big-names in the Championship before choosing to sign for ambitous Rotherham United - according to his new boss Steve Evans.

The Geordie joined the Millers after spending 13 years at Newcastle United before being told he was no longer part of Alan Pardew's plans.

The box-to-box midfielder has spent the last two seasons with SPL club St Mirren where he scored the crucial goal in the League Cup final to write himself into Paisley folklore last season.

But Evans - who will lead out Rotherham for the League One play-off final against Leyton Orient tomorrow - says that Newton could have signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Millwall or Birmingham City.

Evans told the Chronicle: "Arguably the kid could have gone to a bigger club on paper.

"Whether that's Wolverhampton or Birmingham or Millwall.

"I think Conor was used to playing though from being up at St Mirren.

"And one of the things he was keen to do is play, and with the coaching staff here we want to give him game time, develop him and improve him."

And in making the decision to sign for Rotherham, Evans believes he was sold on the ambition of the Yorkshire side.

He said: "He knows the ambition of myself and the chairman. He's seen the stadium and the type of support we have, which is similar to the Geordies in that they are mad passionate about their football.

"We said if we don't make it on Sunday then we will be improving again next season. We sold him the opportunity to come here and play football."

Newton's representative Spencer Downey, of Northern Star Sports Management, indicated that Rotherham chiefs were impressed by Newton's decision to agree the move BEFORE learning the fate of the Millers in the play-off final.

He said: "He wanted to demonstrate the belief in those at Rotherham and show how much he'd tapped into the ambition at the New York Stadium. …

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