The big-money arrival ... how does Jordan Hugill handle being the man Rotherham United went 'above and beyond' to sign?

The striker talks to the Advertiser.
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Jordan Hugill

NEW boy Jordan Hugill is using his past suffering to help him handle the responsibility of being Rotherham United’s marquee signing in the January transfer window.

Manager Matt Taylor revealed that the Millers went “above and beyond” with the three-and-a-half-year package they offered the striker to lure him to AESSEAL New York Stadium when the 30-year-old parted company with Norwich City.

Hugill has quickly made himself a key figure in Rotherham’s Championship survival mission, but previous moves — notably his £8 million transfer to West Ham United and a subsequent £2.5m switch to the Canaries — didn’t go as smoothly.

“I’ve had big-money moves before and felt the pressure on my back,” he said. “It took me to a place where I wasn’t happy. I had no confidence and didn’t play much.”

The Middlesbrough-born centre-forward has learned from his experiences and is a more relaxed figure these days even though his contract is thought to be the most lucrative in the Millers’ history.

“It’s a massive step for Rotherham and I completely appreciate what they have done but I feel no pressure,” he said. “I just need to perform, which is something I’ve done for most of my career.”

The player, who is based on Teesside, travels down the A1 for training and stays over in a hotel when necessary.

He has just became a dad for the second time but is managing to fend off the tiredness that goes with having a young family.

“I’m as fresh as I can be,” he grinned. “My missus does an awful lot of the work!”