Bristol Rovers are closing in on the signing of former Rotherham United midfielder Jamie Lindsay as their 10th addition of the summer with the Scot undergoing a medical at The Quarters.

As first reported by Football Insider, Lindsay is set to move to the Mem on a free transfer where he will be reunited with Matt Taylor who managed him for the Millers during his time at the New York Stadium from October 2022 to November 2023.

The 28-year-old is a vastly-experienced campaigner with 305 professional appearances for Celtic and Ross County, as permanent destinations, and has spent the last two seasons in the Championship with Rotherham.

Lindsay would quickly follow goalkeeper Josh Griffiths, who signed on loan from West Brom on Wednesday, and should be in the matchday squad for Saturday’s pre-season friendly at Bath City.

A combative and competitive defensive midfield presence, Lindsay will help fill the void left by the summer departures of Sam Finley, Jordan Rossiter and, to a lesser extent, Josh Grant while hardening up the core of the Gas side in tandem with Kamil Conteh and/or Grant Ward.

Lindsay played 156 games for the Millers over five seasons at Championship and League One level, earning promotion in 2022, but fell out of favour once Steve Evans was appointed in April as the Scot has looked to build his own squad in Yorkshire. He was also the subject of January interest from Wrexham but a move never materialised.

Taylor once said of Lindsay, as he was returning from injury during last season as the Millers struggled towards the foot of the table: “We need ‘men’ at the moment. When it’s difficult, you need ‘men’. We’ve missed his characteristics as a player as much as any this season.”

It continues Rovers’ impressive recruitment in what has been George Friend’s first transfer window as director of football and Taylor’s first as head coach in shaping a squad more in his image, and a departure from the previous regime under Joey Barton.

One individual to have moved on this summer is reigning Player of the Year Antony Evans who completed his £450,000 switch to Huddersfield Town last week after three seasons in north Bristol.

Speaking to BBC Yorkshire, Evans has indicated there was also Championship interest but from clubs likely to be towards the bottom of the division for 2024/25, whereas the Terriers should be competing for promotion.

“I’ve had discussions with my family and my agent about what was the right move for me; it’s all well and good, for example, if you had a Championship club – it looks great on your CV – but you never know what’s going to happen, how that club’s going to perform,” Evans said.

“Having spoken with people at Huddersfield, yes we’ve dropped down a division but it’s a division I’m used to and the target is to get out of it and I want to be playing for a team that’s regularly winning games, so I can perform to my best.”