ROTHERHAM United boss Paul Warne has paid tribute to defender Kirk Boradfoot after the former Scotland international swapped the Millers for Kilmarnock in his native land’s top tier.
The 32-year-old was the second longest serving player in the squad, behind club captain Lee Frecklington, and leaves after three years in South Yorkshire.
"Kirk has been brilliant for us,” Warne told the Advertiser. “He helped keep us up the year before and he’s a really good competitor. Last season he only played three or four games but we had a really candid conversation at the end and we both thought his career here had come to a natural end.
“It wasn't an easy decision to make, I’m good pals with him, but it is for the benefit of us and himself.”
Signed on a free transfer from Blackpool in June 2014, the former Rangers defender went on to make 64 appearances, scoring one memorable goal away at MK Dons during the "Great Escape" from relegation two years ago.
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In 2015 Broadfoot was banned for a record ten-game stint after being found guilty of Sectarianism towards then Wigan winger James McClean, missing the start of the 15/16 campaign.
When he returned, he became a fans’ favourite right at the heart of the Millers’ defence and was a stand-out performer during Neil Warnock’s miraculous end-of-season run which saw Rotherham retain their Championship status a year later.
Broadfoot celebrates his only Millers goal against MK Dons
Broadfoot made just four appearances last term following a recurrent back injury that required surgery.
He has signed a three-year-deal with Killie.
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Meanwhile, former Bolton midfielder Liam Trotter, who had been training with the club, will not be offered a deal by boss Warne.
There’s more from Warne in tomorrow’s Advertiser.