By Dan Chapman
Full Contact client Freddie Ladapo has today transferred from Plymouth Argyle to League One newcomers Rotherham United.
Freddie, 26, was a roaring success in League One last season, despite Plymouth’s eventual relegation – scoring 18 league goals and 19 in all competitions. That success inevitably caught the eye of many clubs, but it was Paul Warne’s Rotherham United that won the race to secure Freddie’s signature on a long-term contract that runs until the summer of 2022.
Freddie was a product of Colchester United’s academy but had to earn the right to be a professional football by impressing in the non-league ranks – such that he secured a dream move to Premier League Crystal Palace in 2016. Whilst his first team opportunities at Palace were limited, he did make his Premier League bow at Old Trafford against Manchester United. It was, however, his permanent move to Plymouth that allowed Freddie to demonstrate his goal-scoring ability on a regular basis last season, which in turn prompted Rotherham United to agree an undisclosed transfer fee with the now League Two club. Rotherham, themselves relegated last season from the Championship, have turned to Freddie to help fire them back to the second tier of English football.
Full Contact’s Dan Chapman commented “Freddie is a client we have represented for many years and he has often had to fight for the opportunity to shine – last season he finally found a home where he could play week in, week out and in doing so he quickly justified the faith that the then manager of Plymouth, Derek Adams, showed in him. To score so many goals in a side relegated was some achievement and those who believe in the statistics quickly saw that he was one of the stand-out performers in League One last season. We had many opportunities for Freddie to explore, but Rotherham impressed in both their determination to sign him but also their ambition to secure an immediate return to the Championship. Freddie is excited about playing a key role in that ambition. Rob Scott, Paul Douglas and the manager Paul Warne were extremely professional in their dealings with us and we are grateful for Plymouth, too, in allowing this transfer to conclude to the satisfaction of all parties.”
All at Full Contact wish Rotherham United and Freddie the very best for next season.
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The spearhead and Senior Partner of Full Contact, Dan is an experienced solicitor and advocate, with a specialist background in employment law and sports.
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