Hakeem Odoffin joins Rotherham United

HAKEEM Odoffin this evening became Rotherham United's second major recruit of the summer after moving south of the border from Scottish Premiership side Hamilton Academical.
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Hakeem Odoffin

The defensive midfielder has signed a three-year contract following weeks of negotiations between the clubs.

An undisclosed fee was agreed last week for the 23-year-old who was in the last year of his deal at New Douglas Park.

With Matt Crooks, Shaun MacDonald and Lewis Wing all leaving AESSEAL New York Stadium, manager Paul Warne knew he needed to strengthen his squad in the middle of the park.

Another addition in that area could be arriving soon as the Millers prepare to kick off their League One campaign at home to Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

Odoffin has been with the club since yesterday when he underwent his medical.

Highly rated in Scotland after spending 18 months there, he was a youngster at Spurs and Reading before making his senior breakthrough with home-town club Barnet.

Two years at Wolves brought no appearances and he moved on to Northampton Town and then Livingston where he spent six months and earned a move to Accies.

The six-foot-three-inch-tall player is comfortable at centre-half and at right-back but it is as a defensive midfielder that he has had most impact.

He made Hamilton 41 appearances last term and in February figures showed that he had made more interceptions, 97, than any other under-23 player in Europe.

Rotherham have already brought in left-sided Northern Ireland international Shane Ferguson and young goalkeeper Josh Chapman and are now stepping up their recruitment.