New Rotherham midfielder Scott Allan insists Alan Stubbs can help kick start his career for a second time after being reunited with his old Hibs manager at the New York stadium.
Allan sealed a season-long loan deal with the Millers on Thursday after failing to force his way into Brendan Rodgers’ first team plans at Celtic.
After struggling to make an impact at West Brom following his £300,000 switch from Dundee United in 2012, Allan got back on track under Stubbs at Easter Road in the 2014/15 campaign and clinched a move to Parkhead after being named Championship player of the year.
But after making only three starts under Ronny Deila last term and being unable to impress Rodgers, the 24-year-old believes a reunion with Stubbs can help him get back to his best.
He said: “It was massive for me, and he gave me a platform to go and play and express myself at Hibs and hopefully I can do that here too.
“I’ve not played as much as I’ve wanted to so it’s a great opportunity for me to get back playing.
“I’ve taken part in about six or seven friendly games so fitness isn’t a problem and I’ve had a full pre-season and I’m raring to go.
“If we can get some good results early doors it will give us confidence for the rest of the season and obviously, with the new manager coming in and bringing in players it’s all about progress.”
Millers manager Stubbs insists Allan was desperate to join the English Championship outfit as soon as Rodgers gave the green light for the player to leave on loan.
Stubbs, speaking to the Sheffield Star, said: “I have always kept in contact with Scott, because I like to get on with all my players.
“I am not just the manager. I want to be someone they can phone at any time of the day, as long as it is not one or two in the morning. I certainly won’t be getting out of bed then, unless they are in trouble.
“As a result of that, he has always rung me when he has wanted someone to talk to for advice, and I just feel that’s me being normal.
“I suppose he has respected that. I texted him the other week to see how things were going, not about him coming here, and then it seemed to happen very quickly.
“He went and had a conversation with Brendan. They said they’d allow him out on loan and then Scotty was pestering me to bring him here. I was delighted.
“If you ask him why he has come here, I would probably have a big part to play in that. I am looking forward to seeing him.
“He can do well in this division. He has ability. It’s how he puts that into practice now.”