RUFC - Evans delighted to get his man
Rotherham United Manager, Steve Evans said that defender, Ian Sharps should never have left the Millers.
Speaking to MillersPlayer after Sharps signed for the Millers, Evans said, 'It's took a long time to get Ian here, but, let's be right, he should never have left in the first place, but for his own reasons he did although it didn't take too much persuasion to bring him back here.
'He's had a couple of great years with Shrewsbury and helped them get promotion. It's a fantastic piece of business for us and he's someone we admire and respect and I look forward to him heading and kicking it which is what he does best.'
With an offer on the table for him from Shrewsbury, who will be playing in League One next season, Evans said, 'Ian Sharps wanted to be involved in something where the evolution of excitement was going to continue and Sharpy thinks the world of Shrewsbury Town but he probably thought that it might be a real battle for them to stay in League One next year. He won promotion for the first time in his career and he wants to taste that again and he obviously thinks he will get that here. It was a tough decision for him and we've had a succession of meetings and telephone calls to persuade the big man to come here. It's great to get him here but was a dilemma for him to leave a League One club to come but, I think deep down, he wanted to wear the Rotherham United shirt again.'
Asked if any other clubs had an interest in the thirty-one year old, Evans said, 'Yes, there were a number of League One clubs who showed an interest and a couple who I expect to be at the top end of League Two. But he knows who we've got here as players and who we are trying to get in and he knows what we are trying to do.
'He's a no-nonsense centre-back and although his passing isn't a great strength, he heads and kicks it and defends for his life. He was in the League Two Team of the Year again and if he'd gone into League One with Shrewsbury he'd probably have been in the Team of the Year there as well. I wanted to see how hungry he was, how committed he was to Rotherham United and how much he wanted to play in the new stadium and, after he'd signed, he took his wife and children around the stadium, even though he'd already been round. He said when he was driving by today to come and sign he felt the hairs on his neck stand up. He's a good character and he's a leader.
'We are delighted to have him on board. He's another part of the jigsaw and slowly, piece by piece, that jigsaw is coming together.'