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Rotherham primed for first Adam Le Fondre reunion

After already negotiating the returns of former strikers Alex Revell and Kieran Agard this season, Rotherham will be put to the test again on Saturday as Adam Le Fondre makes his long-awaited return to the Millers.

The Wolves man - on loan from Cardiff - has not come up against his former employees since leaving them in August 2011 for a six-figure move to Reading.

As with Revell and Agard, Le Fondre is sure to get a rousing reception from the Millers faithful after the 29-year-old performed goalscoring wonders in a red and white shirt.

Following his 2009 arrival from Rochdale for around £125,000, Le Fondre made hay in just over two years in South Yorkshire, bagging 58 goals in 105 games.

He did not take long to endear himself to the Millers faithful, who were trudging to Don Valley Stadium at the time, as he scored 10 goals in his first 12 matches, which included two runs of five consecutive games on the scoresheet.

He had 17 by the turn of the year and was on course for a record-breaking season, adding another 13 to end the 09-10 season with 30 goals.

The final two of those came in the League Two play-off semi-final against Aldershot, scoring in either leg as the Millers booked their place at Wembley under boss Ronnie Moore.

That season ended in ultimate disappointment, though, as a below-par Le Fondre was unable to find the scoresheet in the 3-2 final defeat to Dagenham.

He came back firing the next season, though, and matched his imperious record of the previous year by bagging 17 by the New Year celebrations, including four in one game against Cheltenham.

The former Dale man would have been hoping to better his previous season's tally of 30, but a downturn in form, which was mirrored by the side as a whole, saw him manage just seven more goals as the Millers slipped out of play-off contention.

With the Millers failing to win promotion, there seemed little hope of keeping hold of their star asset, but despite a summer of speculation he was still around for the start of the 2011-12 campaign, which began well under Andy Scott.

And the uncertainty surrounding Le Fondre's future did not affect his form as he bagged four goals in his opening five games of the season.

They turned out to be his last five games for the Millers as he was sold to Reading for around £300,000 - a fee which increased significantly when Le Fondre's goals fired the Royals to the Premier League that season.

He finished his Millers career with sensational stats, scoring 58 goals in 105 appearances which equates to one every 1.8 games.

As a result he is still idolised by Millers fans, which is testament to his quality because unlike Revell, Agard and Alan Lee before them, Le Fondre wasn't playing in a particularly successful side.

His time at the Millers coincided with arguably their toughest times in recent years, playing in League Two at Don Valley under three different managers and alongside, with the greatest respect, a team full of lower league journeymen and loanees.

It would have been far more fitting had Le Fondre's time with the club come during the current era, playing at a level - and stadium - that his exploits deserve.

He will finally get the chance to run out at the New York Stadium on Saturday, but it's just a shame that it won't be in a red and white shirt.

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