Curtis Tilt departs Rotherham United in loan deal

CURTIS Tilt tonight left Rotherham United to join Wigan Athletic on loan for the third time.
Curtis Tilt's one and only Millers appearanceCurtis Tilt's one and only Millers appearance
Curtis Tilt's one and only Millers appearance

CURTIS Tilt today left Rotherham United to join Wigan Athletic on loan for the third time.

The centre-half has completed a season-long, deadline-day switch which sees him return to the DW Stadium where he spent much of last term.

Tilt has managed only one Millers appearance since a £100,000 move from Blackpool in January 2020 but was a big hit with the Latics as he helped them to avoid relegation from League One.

After a takeover, they are in a much healthier state now and are likely to be one of Rotherham's rivals for League One promotion this term.

The Miller have five other centre-halves in Richard Wood, Michael Ihiekwe, Angue MacDonald, Wes Harding and loanee Rarmani Edmonds-Green.

Tilt was on loan at Wigan between October and January last season and, after a brief recall, he then went back there for the remainder of the campaign, making 36 appearances and scoring three goals.

The 29-year-old needed hip surgery soon after his move to AESSEAL New York Stadium and has just spent more than two months on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring pull while on international duty with Jamaica.

He returned ahead of schedule and was on the substitutes' bench for last Saturday's 2-0 derby win over Doncaster Rovers, alerting the Latics to the fact he was close to full fitness.

His sole appearance in a Rotherham shirt came in the final match before the Covid shutdown, a 3-1 defeat at Rochdale in March 2020 during the Millers' League One promotion push.

The Walsall-born former quarry-worker played non-league football between 2015 and 2017 but was an instant success when he moved to Blackpool and at one stage Ipswich Town, then in the Championship, were prepared to pay £1 million for him.

He made 111 appearances for the Seasiders and was a key figure for them before joining Rotherham.