It was reported in May that Rotherham United midfielder Joe Newell was attracting interest from League One duo Doncaster Rovers and Peterborough United. But, the 26-year-old has instead opted to make a move to Scotland.
MIdfielder Joe Newell has departed newly relegated Rotherham United to join Scottish Premiership side Hibernian – linking up with former Barnsley and Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom.
It was claimed by the Doncaster Free Press that Newell was attracting interest from League One sides. Doncaster Rovers – managed by Newell’s former teammate Grant McCann – and former club Peterborough United were both keen on a deal for Newell. However, after weighing up his options, Newell opted for a move away from the football league to test himself in Scotland.
The former Rotherham man has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with Hibernian, as Paul Heckingbottom looks to push on after a 5th place finish in the 2018/19 Scottish Premiership season.
Speaking to the club website upon the announcement, Newell said that he first visited the club back in May, where he was met with encouraging signs from the get-go.
“It’s a big decision for me to come up here and leave home but I’m really happy,” Newell said.
“I came up in May for a look and the first impressions were really good. I’d obviously heard about the city and how big the club is.
“The training ground and stadium were good, then I spoke to the manager and that was probably the most impressive thing, to be honest. It was just the way he highlighted how he wants us to play, how he sees his team and the club progressing, his ambitions and how I fit into that. It got me straight away. It was really exciting.”