Former Norwich City striker Luciano Becchio back in England after failed return to Argentine football
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Ex-Norwich City striker Luciano Becchio knows a short-term move to Championship strugglers Rotherham is a chance to resurrect his career.
Becchio is back in England after a failed return to Argentine club football, following his release from the Canaries at the end of last season.
The 32-year-old has made just 21 senior appearances since a move to Carrow Road in January 2013 after a prolific spell at Leeds, but Becchio insists he has plenty still to offer.
The big frontman scored twice in five loan appearances for the Millers last season before a heel injury cut short his stay.
'I am happy to come back here and help the team to stay up. I enjoyed my spell last season. I was playing well but them I got injured and I had to go back to Norwich,' he said. 'I want to be scoring goals and helping the team to win points and that is what was happening before the injury but that is football. I have settled in well. I have been training for a couple of weeks with the boys and I feel confident.
'I know the manager from our time at Leeds. I was working with him a long-time ago. I want to say thank you to the club to give me the opportunity to play again at this level. I am ready. I have been working for two months at home in Majorca so I feel confident and I feel strong. I know what this league is about because I have been at this level for three or four years.'
Millers' boss Neil Redfearn believes he might have pulled off a coup if Becchio can re-discover the goalscoring form he showed at Elland Road earlier in his career.
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'Luciano is a vastly-experienced striker, a proven goalscorer and the target man that is going to help the other strikers at our club,' he told Rotherham's official site. 'For us it is a great signing. He is chomping at the bit now. We have had a look at him for a couple of weeks before we signed him. To be fair to Luciano we knew what he is about and what he is capable of.
'He looks a lot fitter and trimmer and has looked after himself and it is just a case of getting him in a good place. We have got a really quality striker. He has not had much football, we've had a couple of practice games so he might just come in gradually. He has been out of it and he realises how much he misses it. He has got himself properly fit and he looks the part. He is still young enough to go on and have quite a bit more of his career.'