Potter becomes Millers' second summer signing

Darren Potter during his MK Dons daysDarren Potter during his MK Dons days
Darren Potter during his MK Dons days
DARREN Potter has become Rotherham United's second new arrival of the summer, penning a two-year deal.

The 32-year-old joins after a six-year spell at MK Dons and is expected to add experience and poise to Paul Warne's midfield after the recent departure of Richie Smallwood.

Schooled at Liverpool, Potter made his Reds debut in 2004 in a Champions League qualifier against Graz AK and went on to make 17 appearances for the club, including two as a Premier League substitute.

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Wolves paid £250,000 to take him to Molineux in 2007 after he proved his worth in a loan spell and two years later he moved to Sheffield Wednesday.

Potter made more than 100 appearances for the Owls, scoring nine times during a spell when he also won five Republic of Ireland caps, before switching to MK Dons in 2011 and throwing down real foundations there.

A player who retains the ball well, he fitted into the passing game encouraged by then manager Karl Robinson and continued to feature after Richie Barker, now Millers assistant manager, joined as the new number two in 2014.

Potter helped the club win promotion to the Championship two years ago and despite a swift relegation, he remained a stalwart for the side, making 41 appearances as the Dons consolidated back in League One last term.

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Robinson once said of him: "As well as his magnificent ability on the field, he's also crucial off it — he's a very likeable lad and a tremendous role model for the younger players."

Potter will hook up with his new Rotherham team-mates, including the other new recruit Michael Ihiekwe, when they report back at the end of the month and is likely to be followed by another new signing in the coming days.