To all fans of the English football scene, Rotherham United is no stranger. Having won the FA Cup on two occasions and some other trophies, the Yorkshire side is a force to be reckoned with but in the lower tiers of football. In the past ten years, Rotherham had endured a short League Two stint, which is the fourth tier of football in England, and have since been gravitating between the third and the second tier. Unfortunately for The Millers, they haven't been able to get past the 20th spot whenever they play in the Championship, which will be their prime goal. Ranking in the best 20 teams at the end of the season will also ensure that they are safe from the relegation zone.
Rotherham United Transfers
Chris Sedgwick to Preston North End for £600,000 in 2004 – Born and raised in Sheffield, Sedgwick began his career playing for the local side Rotherham He made his professional debut in 1997 and became a regular starter as of 1998. The club's supporters quickly grew fond of the winger and gave him the nickname the Yorkshire Express. With his first two campaigns, he helped the team earn promotion to Division 2 in 2000 and contributed to the instant promotion to Division 1 in 2001. Sedgwick made over 270 appearances with Rotherham’s kit, during which he scored 20 goals before joining Preston NE in 2004. With Preston, he proved his versatility by switching from a winger to a central midfielder.
Danny Ward from Huddersfield for £480,000 in 2015 – Ward graduated from Bolton Wanderers' academy in 2009 but struggled for game-time before joining Huddersfield town in 2011. However, he fell out of favor with the Terriers upon the appointment of new coach Chris Powell. In January 2015, The Millers bought Ward for £480,000 after loaning him on an emergency month-long loan. With Rotherham, the winger instantly sprung to life and displayed some impressive performances. In his second and final season with the club, he was the highlight after netting in 11 league goals – the most during that campaign, which saw the Millers get relegated. Following his decent spell with Rotherham, he didn't want to play in League One and moved to Cardiff City, which cost The Bluebirds £1.80 Million. Not much of a fee, not much of a news.
Will Vaulks from Falkirk FC for £475,000 in 2016 – Being brought up by Tranmere Rovers’ youth academy Vaulks never made an appearance for the club. Instead, in 2013 he joined Scottish side Falkirk after being released from Tranmere. The defensive midfielder made his debut in the same year and became a prominent player in the following season. He amassed over 140 appearances before moving on with his career. Rotherham was keen on signing him and paid the £475,000 price tag. Vaulks played a significant role in earning an instant return to the Championship during his 2nd season with The Millers. In 2018/2019, he had the biggest goal tally of his career with seven league goals – not bad for a defensive player. Later, Vaulks was bought by Cardiff City for the sum of £2.35 Million, becoming the club’s most expensive footballer.
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