Kyle Vassell joins Clark Robertson in leaving Blackpool for Rotherham

Out-of-contract Blackpool striker Kyle Vassell has joined teammate Clark Robertson in signing for Rotherham United on a free transfer.

Friday, 29th June 2018, 6:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th July 2018, 6:14 pm
Vassell finished as the club's top scorer for two seasons running

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The 25-year-old, Blackpool's top scorer for the last two seasons, has signed a three-year deal with the Millers.

Vassell, who signed for the Seasiders in the summer of 2016 after being released by Peterborough United, scored 24 goals in 71 appearances.

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Beset by hamstring problems last season, the forward still managed to reach double figures - netting 11 times in 29 games.

Millers boss Paul Warne said: “We've had an eye on him for the last 12 months really.

“He was out of contract so I knew it was going to be difficult to get him in because out of contract strikers are pretty unique.

"Obviously Blackpool would have loved to have kept him but he let his contract run out.

“I spoke to his manager when I was on holiday and he spoke really highly of him.

"I met him and his agent and I spoke to him for nearly two hours, which probably felt like a day to him and I told him how I thought we could help him. He knew the challenge and he's keen to come in.

“He wants to play Championship football and play as high as he can.

“He started non-league which I like because these are lads that know they have to fight and scrap for everything they've got and that's the way he plays.

“He's 25 and he's at a perfect age now. The next three years, if he stays injury-free, should be his most productive years as a striker.

“He scored a lot of goals and he had a couple of injury worries last year but we'll get him in really great shape in the summer to get the best out of him this year.

"I think going forward he'll be a great signing for us and he'll definitely add something.”

The loss of both Vassell and Robertson, two key players for the Seasiders over the last two seasons, is a massive blow to Gary Bowyer as he prepares for the new League One campaign.

Pool were however dealt a boost yesterday when it was announced Jay Spearing had pledged his future to the club.