Jordan Hugill has today left Norwich City to join fellow Championship side Rotherham United. The 30-year-old has signed a deal until the summer of 2026 with The Millers, as confirmed on the club’s official website.

He looked set to join Matt Taylor’s side yesterday, despite interest from other clubs thought to be Birmingham City and Derby County. Hugill had been at Norwich since 2020 but spent all of last season out on loan, firstly with West Bromwich Albion and then at Cardiff City.

Since leaving Preston North End in January 2018 for West Ham United, the fan favourite has failed to settle down at a club and get a consistent amount of game time. When David Moyes made the move to take him to the Premier League for a reported fee of £10 million, he went with Preston fans best wishes who were keen to see him give the top flight a go.

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Unfortunately he only made three substitute appearances in his first half season with the club. The following campaign he was sent on loan to Middlesbrough. Seven goals came that season before another loan move to Queens Park Rangers the season after. That one was more fruitful as Hugill notched 15 goals and was outstanding in a win at Deepdale shortly before the break due to the pandemic.

A permanent move to Norwich followed and he helped support Teemu Pukki as The Canaries bounced back to the Premier League once again. Hugill again didn’t get a chance in the top flight as his loan moves to West Brom and Cardiff followed.

The three-and-a-half-year contract handed to Hugill at the age of 30 is a great move for him, and this season Rotherham stand a really good chance of staying up in the Championship, instead of the usual yo-yoing they have done for the last six years. The Millers are currently five points above the relegation zone, and will be hoping Hugill can fire some goals in to help boost their survival chances.

This is now Hugill’s seventh club since leaving Preston five years ago.

Hugill may come up against Preston; the club he scored 30 goals for, on the 14th March when North End travel to The New York Stadium. The striker’s battling desire and pace made him an exciting player to watch and he really excelled towards the end of Simon Grayson’s tenure and the start of the Alex Neil era, and is sure to get a good reception any time he comes up against The Lilywhites.

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