FORMER Rotherham United winger Joe Newell has rejected offers from several clubs to move to the Scottish Premier League with Hibs.
The 26-year-old had been expected to join the Millers' South Yorkshire rivals, Doncaster Rovers, but instead opted for a two-year deal at Easter Road.
Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom, once in charge at Barnsley, said: "Joe had several other options so I am delighted that he chose to join us. It is exciting that we can attract players who believe in what we hope to do.
"We’re excited to get Joe over the line. He’s coming in having played a lot of games at a good level in the English Championship last season and is a threat either out wide or inside.
"Joe can carry the ball up the park and I think he’ll link up well with our other attacking players."
Newell, who lives in the Midlands, rejected a new Rotherham contract after four years at AESSEAL New York Stadium in favour of a fresh challenge.
He said: "It’s a big decision for me to come up here and leave home but I’m really happy.
"I came up in May for a look and the first impressions were really good. I’d obviously heard about the city (Edinburgh) and how big the club is.
"The training ground and stadium were good, then I spoke to the manager and that was probably the most impressive thing, to be honest.
"The way he highlighted his ambitions for the club, how he wants us to play and how I fit into that got me straight away. It was really exciting."
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