JONSON Clarke-Harris and Alex Bray have made deadline day loan moves from Rotherham United.
Winger Bray has joined Forest Green Rovers and striker Clarke-Harris has moved to Coventry City, the club where he started his career. Both deals are until the end of the season.
Clarke-Harris was brought to the AESSEAL New York Stadium from Oldham Athletic by Steve Evans in 2014 for a then club record fee but despite his power and potential, he was unable to command a regular place under successive managers.
His 27 league appearances have been spread over three years due to a mixture of inconsistency and injury. He scored ten times in all competitions, the last in the Checkatrade Trophy win at Bradford in November.
Clarke-Harris had loan spells at MK Dons and Doncaster and missed most of last season with a cruciate ligament injury sustained in a pre-season friendly against Parkgate. He returned by the end of the season and was handed a one-year deal last summer but hasn’t been able to nail down a regular starting berth this term, being used mainly off the bench.
The arrival of forward reinforcements this month in Michael Smith and loan signing Caolan Lavery put the Millers in a position to let Clarke-Harris, still only 23, go.
League Two promotion chasers Coventry are managed by former Rotherham chief Mark Robins. During his time there, Clarke-Harris set a new record when, aged 16 years and 21 days, he made his debut, becoming the youngest player ever to play for the Coventry first team.
Paul Warne took Bray on loan initially from Swansea last year before the move was made permanent. Like Clarke-Harris, the winger needs games and the move to Forest Green will give him that opportunity. He is contracted to the Millers until the end of the 2018/19 season.
No other transfer business is expected at the AESSEAL New York Stadium before tonight’s 11pm deadline.
We want to continue holding local authorities to account, attending court and council meetings, as well as providing breaking news, competitions and offers – but it costs money. Online advertising does not cover costs, therefore we feel the need to ask for your help in ensuring we can provide the best possible coverage, online and in our printed products.
For as little as £1, you can support the Rotherham Advertiser – and it only takes a minute.
Click here to support local news.