Winger Florian Jozefzoon joins on loan as Rotherham United land their final target

Winger Florian Jozefzoon joins on loan as Rotherham United land their final target

By Paul Davis | 15/10/2020

Winger Florian Jozefzoon joins on loan as Rotherham United land their final target
Florian Jozefzoon signs in

ROTHERHAM United boss Paul Warne has paid tribute to his recruitment team after landing the winger he feared he wouldn't be able to sign.

Derby County flyer Florian Jozefzoon today joined the Millers on a season-long loan as the club moved to fill the right-flank gap left by the four-month injury absence of Chiedozie Ogbene.

Warne wasn't certain Rotherham would be be able to broker a deal that was financially viable. However, head of recruitment Rob Scott and his staff exceeded the manager's expectations.

"I thought Flo was out of our reach but a lot of work by our recruitment team, as always, made it more feasible, along with Derby's help," the boss said.

Jozefzoon, who trained with his new teammates today and is available for Saturday's visit of Norwich City, is the Millers' ninth signing since last season and is likely to be the final arrival before the transfer window closes at 5pm tomorrow.

"We had many options for many weeks. Then it was highlighted that he was available and that accelerated our dream of getting him," Warne said.

"I like him from a footballing point of because he can play in three different positions. He can play on the right, the left or as a number 10. When he is at his best, he is confident. He can run past people, he has got a good work ethic and he has got a bit of guile.

"Chieo started the season really well and him being out for so long intensified the search. We just lacked that dynamic part of Chieo's game and, going forward, definitely needed something else.

"I can't see me bringing anyone else in."

Twenty-nine-year-old Jozefzoon, who was born in South America but raised in Holland, made his mark in Dutch football before moving to England where he has built up significant Championship experience with Brentford and Derby.

The attacker made 58 second-tier appearances for the Bees before a £2.75 million switch to Pride Park in July 2018.

He has fallen out of favour under Rams boss Phillip Cocu and hasn't played this season.

"Flo wants to get back to his best," Warne said. "We are the club that can help him do that. He doesn't live far away and he knows about the club. He trained really well on his first day so he  looks a good fit.

"We have got him until the end of the season but, as with all loan deals, there is the chance for the parent club to take him back in January."

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