Millers splash out on striker

Last Updated: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:43

Rotherham have signed Oldham striker Jonson Clarke-Harris for a club-record fee.

The 20-year-old has penned a three-year deal at New York Stadium and arrives for an undisclosed amount, which is more than the club paid for Aston Villa striker Jordan Bowery earlier in the summer.

Boss Steve Evans admitted he has been a fan of the youngster for a long time,

"Jonson is a lad we tried to sign prior to moving to Oldham Athletic so as night follows day we have tracked his progress at Boundary Park with real interest," he said.

"Last season he produced a number of stunning performances and it is no surprise that he has been subject to a deadline day move to play Championship football, I am delighted Rotherham United has won the race to sign the boy.

"Over the summer period we have made a number of approaches to Oldham Athletic as we tried to recruit his services.

"He is a powerful boy with lighting pace and is an outstanding addition to what is already a very talented squad, we all look forward to working with Johnno and watching his progress continue."

Clarke-Harris, who became the youngest player to represent Coventry aged just 16 years and 21 days, scored nine times in 55 games at Boundary Park.

Oldham boss Lee Johnson added: "Jonson was a project that we brought in for nothing from Peterborough and we have a good fee for the player.

"We've done well with Jonson because we've looked after him and we've turned him into a real valuable asset.

"We wish him all the best and thank him for his hardwork and commitment and look forward to watching him flourish in his career."

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