Rowett swoops to bring Millers captain to the Pirelli for rest of the season
BURTON Albion manager Gary Rowett says he has pulled off a "terrific coup" by signing Rotherham United's Ian Sharps on loan until the end of the season.
The 6ft 3in centre-half adds to Rowett's defensive options and brings a wealth of experience to the Brewers.
He was club captain at Shrewsbury Town when they were promoted from League Two last season – scoring the only goal as the Shrews beat Burton 1-0 in March, a critical three points in their run-in.
Returning to Rotherham for a second spell, he was also their club captain, but has found himself out of the side in recent weeks.
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According to Rotherham manager Steve Evans, the loan move is with a view to a permanent transfer.
"Ian has agreed to join us until the end of the season and I think it's a terrific coup for the club," said Rowett.
"People might be surprised that Burton can get someone like him but I think that's the measure of how people are starting to see our club now.
"Ian had one or two options but he's showed a real desire to come to us.
"He brings us a bit of extra experience over the remaining games and gives us four really good options at centre- back which will be needed in the last few months of the season.
"I had the opportunity to bring in a couple of younger centre-halves but, in the circumstances, I thought it was a better idea to have someone with more experience.
"I have always liked Ian as a player and I spoke to him when it became clear that Rotherham were looking to bring more new players in.
"He travels up from Shrewsbury, so it suits him to come to us and, after we'd had a chat, it was a no-brainer.
"It means I have four very good centre-halves at a time of year when people tend to collect bookings or get injured, so that's a good idea."
Evans added: "Ian has been a model professional and an excellent captain for me this season.
"He is a man I have the utmost respect for. However, this deal offers him the opportunity to play football week in, week out, something that Ian is very demanding about."