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Rotherham suspend new signing after assault conviction

Rotherham have suspended new signing Simon Lenighan after his conviction for assault.

Simon Lenighan has been suspended by Rotherham Credit: @OfficialRUFC

The 21-year-old former Leeds midfielder, who only joined the Millers last week, on Thursday pleaded guilty to assaulting three women while on a night out in February.

Lenighan escaped jail but was sentenced to a community order for 12 months, including 150 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay damages.

The club can announce that following recent reported events in the press and having spoken with the player concerned, it has decided to suspend Simon Lenighan pending an investigation into the matter.

The club will make a further statement as and when appropriate but will not do so whilst the matter is under investigation.

The club hopes to finalise its investigation in a speedy manner and will make further comment as and when appropriate to do so.

– Rotherham United

Rotherham sign Best on season loan

Rotherham United have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland international Leon Best on a deal until the end of the season.

Leon Best has signed for the Millers until the end of the season Credit: Press Association

The 29-year-old forward has impressed Millers boss Neil Redfearn following a trial spell with the club, after previously representing fellow Sky Bet Championship club Blackburn Rovers

The experienced operator agreed terms with the club after completing formalities at the New York Stadium this afternoon.

It is a great signing for us, he has undoubted quality, he has played at the highest level and there are still plenty of years left in him.

– Neil Redfearn

Millers sign highly rated Manchester City winger

Rotherham have signed highly-rated Manchester City winger, Brandon Barker on loan.

Brandon Barker has signed on loan for Rotherham Credit: Press Association

The 19-year-old midfielder becomes Neil Redfearn’s second signing after a deal was struck with the Premier League heavyweights on Friday afternoon.

Barker, who has represented England at under 18 level, signed a five-year professional contract with City in August this year, after impressing with his rapid rise through the club’s Academy.

He is an exciting young player. He represents a ball carrier who will go past players and make things happen. He is a goalscorer who is quite young in years but has had quite a lot of experience around the first team at Manchester City.

They think that he is going to develop into a top player so for us to get him is a massive plus. It is a great deal for us, he is what we need. He has the ability to open sides up and he can create goalsocring opportunities and he can score goals. He will be a massive addition for us

– Neil Redfern

Redfearn wants to establish Rotherham as a Championship club this season

Neil Redfearn has told ITV Calendar that he wants to establish Rotherham United as a Championship club this season.

The Millers' new manager has been unveiled at New York Stadium and believes the challenge of turning around the fortunes of the South Yorkshire club has come at the right time for him.

The former Leeds boss spoke to John Shires:

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Neil Redfearn appointed Rotherham's manager

Rotherham United have appointed former the Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn as their new manager. Redfearn, who played over 1000 games in a career that took in spells at Doncaster, Barnsley, Bradford, Halifax and Scarborough. He's been out of work since leaving Leeds at the end of last season and replaces Steve Evans, who left the New York Stadium last month. The 50-year-old has signed a contract until the end of the 2017/18 season and will be officially unveiled at a press conference on Monday.

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Di Canio linked to vacant Rotherham job

Paolo Di Canio was most recently at Sunderland. Credit: PA

Former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio's representatives have contacted Sky Bet Championship club Rotherham about their vacant managerial position, Press Association Sport understands.

The colourful Italian has been out of work since leaving the Black Cats in September 2013, but is keen to return to game and his representatives sounded out the potential for him to become Steve Evans' successor at the South Yorkshire club.

However, the Millers have indicated they have no interest in the 47-year-old, who has a promotion on his CV during his time at Swindon, becoming their new boss.

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