Leo Hjelde is Rotherham United signing number two

NEW boy Leo Hjelde could make his Rotherham United debut on Saturday after today becoming the Millers' second signing of the week.
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The young Leeds United prospect follows fellow defender Sean Morrison through the door at AESSEAL New York Stadium and, paperwork permitting, may go straight into the squad for the home Championship home clash with Blackburn Rovers.

Hjelde has played twice in the Premier League and has also made several cup appearances for Leeds who signed him from Celtic for a seven-figure fee in the summer of 2021.

The Norwegian under-21 international, who will spend the rest of the season on loan with Rotherham, can play on the left side of a back three and as a left-back.

"He's flexible," manager Matt Taylor said. "He's been on the pitch briefly for Leeds at the top, top level.  He's a good player.

"He's only 19 so we have to be right in terms of when he plays, what position he plays, keeping his game simple and making him understand that he's a defender first and foremost."

The son of former Nottingham Forest and Rosenborg defender Jon Olav Hjelde, the teenager began his career at Celtic but didn't make a senior appearance for the Scottish giants.

His only experience before he moved to Leeds was a 12-match loan spell with Ross County.

He is highly rated at Elland Road and the Millers have done well to land his services.

"He'll add a bit off freshness and positive mentality within the group," Taylor said. "He's someone we're looking forward to working with.

"We're grateful to Leeds for letting a player of his ilk and quality out to us. He has a chance of playing on Saturday if all the paperwork gets done."

Hjelde's two top-flight outings came last term in a 3-2 win at West Ham United and a 3-0 loss at Everton. In each game he came on as a first-half substitute.

This term, he has featured twice in the League Cup and once in the FA Cup.

Rotherham intend to be busy in the January transfer window and are in talks with a Championship striker, although no deal is imminent.