The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Tom Black­ett

IT’S no great sur­prise that new Rother­ham United man­ager Neil Warnock has snapped up goal­keeper Paddy Kenny – it’s the fifth time he has signed him!

Warnock also brought the 37-year-old to Bury, Sh­effield United, QPR and Leeds and be­lieves his ex­pe­ri­ence will be in­valu­able as he bids to lift the Millers away from the Cham­pi­onship drop zone. The move, sub­ject to Foot­ball League and FA rat­i­fi­ci­a­tion, will see the for­mer Re­pub­lic of Ire­land keeper re­main at Rother­ham un­til the end of the sea­son.

“Young Alex Cairns is a good keeper but at this level you need a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence at what is a crit­i­cal time of the sea­son,” said Warnock. “Paddy will give us that in abun­dance.”

The Millers have also swooped for an­other out-of-con­tract player by sign­ing for­mer Wat­ford stal­wart Lloyd Doy­ley, again un­til the end of the sea­son.

The vastly ex­pe­ri­enced de­fender has spent his en­tire ca­reer to date with Wat­ford, end­ing a 16-year as­so­ci­a­tion with the club last sum­mer.

“If you ask any­body about Lloyd they will tell you that he is a re­ally good pro,” said Warnock. “He played over 500 games for Wat­ford.You can put him any­where across the back and he will give 100 per cent.”

Warnock had ear­lier called on an­other fa­mil­iar face as his first sign­ing for Rother­ham, agree­ing a deal for 32-year-old winger Jerome Thomas un­til the end of the sea­son.

“I’ve worked with the new man­ager at Leeds dur­ing a loan spell when I was at West Brom and I also played un­der him at Crys­tal Palace,” said Thomas.

“There is a lot of abil­ity in the squad and I know many of the play­ers from my pre­vi­ous clubs. I have signed un­til the end of the sea­son and we all share the same com­mon ob­jec­tive – to try to keep the club in the Cham­pi­onship.”

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