Northerner Ashworth welcomes move

NEW signing Luke Ashworth is delighted to have been given a fresh start in the north by Rotherham United.

The central defender and former Young Player of the Year for Wigan Athletic has joined on a free transfer after failing to settle in London with Leyton Orient.

"I am delighted to be here and want to thank the manager for giving me a chance to move back closer to home," said Ashworth, who made only sporadic first team appearances for the London club.

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"I am looking forward to meeting up with the lads for pre-season training and I'm optimistic about the season ahead."

Ashworth (20) has signed a one-year deal, with the option to extend his stay should he impress manager Ronnie Moore.

The Millers' chief operating officer, Paul Douglas, said: "Luke is a central defender who is good in the air but also comfortable in possession, and I know Ronnie feels he is a really bright prospect."