RUFC - Evans reunited with 'keeper
Rotherham United Manager, Steve Evans has worked long and hard to get his man but finally, yesterday evening, the deal which has brought goalkeeper Scott Shearer to the Millers was completed.
Speaking to MillersPlayer the Millers boss said, 'It's terrific news.
'Scott Shearer has been outstanding for eighteen months has put pen to paper and has joined us for the next two years.
'We've had to work extremely hard to get him, especially Paul Douglas and the Chairman. There was some real competition for his signature but his representatives have just left the building. He'd already completed the documentation and I've just spoken on the telephone to Scott and, from my point of view, it's terrific news.
'The supporters will like him. He does what he does and keeps the ball out of the net. He's six feet three and a big presence. I know he's a winner, I know he's a grafter and that he keeps clean sheets. He kicks well and his distribution is good and him and Andy Warrington, I couldn't have asked for two better goalkeepers and it's game on guys.
Asked what had been the stumbling block that made the negotiations take so long, Evans replied, 'The boy's representative had a load of offers, not just from Crawley Town which he'd refused but also some from League One clubs. So, from that point of view, it was just Scott's representative bringing the wall down brick-by-brick and Paul Douglas doing the same and, eventually, they both looked over the wall and came to an agreement. Paul Douglas deserves enormous credit. He's been working round the clock and I'm not going to keep paying Tony Stewart any more plaudits but all of the New York Stadium should be singing his name the first time we get the opportunity to play there.
'We had actually walked from the table a couple of times but I kept speaking to Scott and reminding of the different scenario`s of winning and losing and how we treat people and we just kept playing a card. I was surprised as anyone in the last forty-eight hours to get a call from Scott to say he was going to send his agent in to have a chat again which he did.'
Evans said that goalkeeping coach, Andy Dibble, had a massive role to play in bringing Shearer to the club, 'At the end of the season we wrote down a list of goalkeeping targets and three out of four of the staff had Scott Shearer as number one. Andy Dibble was one of them but I had to say to him that I thought Scott would be staying at Crawley. Scott spoke to Crawley and didn't feel the years contract they offered was enough. He's not come here for money and has perhaps took less than he would have taken somewhere else. Him and Andy will work hard together under Andy Dibble.'
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