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Rotherham United make their first signing of the summer

Rotherham United have signed Michael Ihiekwe from Tranmere Rovers on a free transfer as confirmed by the club website.

The Millers are coming off the back of a very disappointing season where they were rooted to the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship for most of the year and never even looked like they would be avoiding relegation. But now they are looking to bounce back and get promoted back to the second tier and have made their first signing of the summer as they look to strengthen their squad.

The man who has started their summer business is Michael Ihiekwe, someone who is better known for his exploits in non-league football. He was a key player for Tranmere this season as they reached the Vanarama National play-off final and came incredibly close to returning to the EFL before losing 3-1 to Forest Green Rovers in that crucial match at Wembley.

But while Tranmere will not be going to the EFL, Ihiekwe will be as he has signed a two-year deal with Rotherham. Now he will be hoping to show in pre-season that he can be a key player for the South Yorkshire side and be a regular as they challenge for promotion from Sky Bet League One and make their division in that stay a short one.

Ihiekwe started his career in the Liverpool academy before moving to Wolves, though he never made an appearances for either side. The 24-year-old defender made his senior debut while on loan with Cheltenham Town before moving to Tranmere and making over 100 appearances for them before leaving them for Rotherham today.

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