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Rotherham signs Odemwingie on free transfer

Championship side Rotherham United has signed former West Bromwich Albion forward Peter Odemwingie on a short-term contract.

Odemwingie, 35, was available on a free transfer after leaving Stoke City in the summer, and has joined the club on a contract stretching to January. The Nigerian’s last league goal came for Stoke back during the 2013/14 Premier League campaign. He made five league appearances for Stoke last season. League One side Bolton had also shown interested in the player.

“Rotherham and Bolton showed interest over the weekend,” Odemwingie said. “Time is not on my side at my age and the Championship is a bit closer to where I wish to be.

“Thanks to Bolton for their interest in me but I’m really pleased to join Rotherham. Kenny showed some interest in me a few months ago and we have been in touch since then. I am pleased he got a job and he offered me a contract.

“My intuition said I’d be fine and that something would come along eventually. Playing well in the Premier League is still helping me now. Class is permanent, form is temporary, so I just need to find my form. All the movements are still there.”

The 35-year-old forward is the first signing for newly appointed manager Kenny Jackett.

“It went quickly. Only a few days ago I got in touch with the manager Kenny Jackett,” Odemwingie said.

“Knowing him, he is a manager that believes in you and that gives me a lot of positivity. He obviously believes in me and thinks I can do a job for him, so I am looking forward to a new start and doing my best for the team.”

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