James Tavernier and Haris Vuckic rounded off their loan spells at Rotherham United in style yesterday – by helping the Millers win promotion to the Championship.

Steve Evans’ side fought back from 2-0 down to beat Leyton Orient on penalties at Wembley and Tavernier was one of the successful penalty takers.

Vuckic replaced Rotherham’s scorer Alex Revell for the second half of extra time but was not called upon to take a spot kick.

The triumph caps a hugely successful loan period for Tavernier, who earned rave reviews while plying his trade in South Yorkshire. The right-back scored five goals over the course of the season and looked a level above League 1 at times.

22-year-old Tavernier has one year remaining on his Newcastle contract but could ask for a permanent move this summer. He has been on loan six times since signing professional terms with the Magpies in 2009 but his spell with Rotherham has been the breakthrough period.

With Mathieu Debuchy’s Newcastle future far from certain, Tavernier may well get a first-team chance next season. The only other recognised right-back at the club is Ryan Taylor – who is recovering from a series of knee ligament injuries.

Vuckic had a more frustrating time on loan at the New York Stadium, as he failed to cement a regular starting place in the Millers’ side. Top scorer Kieran Agard and target man Revell were the first-choice starters – limiting most of Vuckic’s appearances to substitute cameos.

When Rotherham begin their Championship campaign next season they will be joined by ex-Magpie Conor Newton, who will begin his Millers career on July 1 when his Newcastle deal expires. Alan Pardew and the Toon hierarchy decided not to offer the midfielder a new contract despite a successful loan period at St. Mirren and the youngster opted for Rotherham ahead of a number of other interested parties.

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