Rotherham snap up free agent Blackstock

Rotherham United have completed the signing Dexter Blackstock, who was a free agent having been released by Nottingham Forest.

The 30-year-old striker, who has had his career plagued by persistent injuries, spent seven years at the City Ground and played almost 200 games for Forest, scoring 43 times.

Millers boss Alan Stubbs said: “I am delighted to conclude the deal.

“We were actively trying to get it done before the deadline, and our persistence has now paid off because we have managed to get the right player and it is a deal that we are really happy with.”

Blackstock started his career on the south coast, at Southampton, and has a wealth of experience of playing in the second tier thanks to spells at Plymouth, Derby and QPR.

It was at Loftus Road where Blackstock enjoyed his most prolific spell, notching 30 goals in 109 appearances, and he and manager Alan Stubbs will be hoping he can replicate that sort of form in Yorkshire.

Stubbs said: “He brings a wealth of experience in The Championship.

“He has a proven track record, and he will give us an added dimension in terms of how we can play as a team.  I am really happy now that we have managed to get the deal over the line.

Blackstock will now go straight into Stubbs’ squad, and is available for selection when Rotherham take on Bristol City this weekend.


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