Kieffer Is In, Now For Moore Of The Same

By Rob Miles
Last updated : 08 January 2018
The first of possibly four or five new signings in the January window has arrived tonight with the long expected capture of striker Kieffer Moore.
 
The 25 year old arrives from Championship rivals Ipswich Town for what the club states is an "undisclosed fee" but believed to be an initial payment of around £750,000 however it is in South Yorkshire where he has made his name this season.
 
The 6"6 hitman scored 13 goals in 25 games for League One Rotherham in the first half of the season - to put him second in the division's scoring charts. This led to Ipswich recalling Moore, with the hope of being able to sell him for a sizeable fee.
 
Along with Barnsley and Rotherham, Peterborough United tabled a bid, but according to their chairman on twitter were blown out of the water when it came to wages and now Moore has signed a three and a half year contract at Oakwell.
 
Moore started his career in the Conference South with Truro City and scored 13 times in 22 games in 2012-2013 but come February of that season came he opted to leave for Dorchester Town and scored seven times in 13 games, meaning he finished the 2012-2013 campaign with 20 goals.
 
This led to Moore receiving a trial offer from Charlton Athletic that summer but he eventually signed for then Championship outfit Yeovil and he would score five times in 24 games in 2013-2014, but could not stop the Glovers finishing bottom - two points below Barnsley and both sides were relegated.
 
Moore remained at Huish Park for another season before being released as they plummeted straight to League Two and in total scored nine goals in 58 appearances.
 
Following this Moore made a rather left field move, joining Norwegian Tippeligaen side Viking on a one year deal but made only one start (and eight sub appearances) and then promptly returned to England, having trials with Exeter and Leyton Orient before signing terms with Forest Green Rovers in the National League in January 2016.
 
He helped Rovers reach the play-offs (finishing second in the league behind Cheltenham) and appeared as a substitute in the semi final second leg against Dover but agonisingly was forced to miss their 3-1 final defeat to Grimsby after rupturing his appendix in the semi-final.
 
Moore made 14 appearances in 2016-2017, scoring four times before going on loan to Torquay in November 2016, scoring five times in four gamnes, including a hattrick in a 3-0 win over Solihull Moors.
 
Upon returning to Forest Green in December, he made another four appearances before the January transfer window saw Ipswich come calling and a £10,000 fee saw Moore jump three divisions to the Championship.
 
Moore never made a start for the Tractor Boys (coming off the bench 11 times) and joined Rotherham on loan in the summer.
 
Reds head coach Paul Heckingbottom told the club website:
 
“Kieffer is an excellent addition to the side and we’re really pleased to bring him here. It’s a deal that the Club has worked hard on and got done quickly, so I’m delighted with that. He’s a player in top form and will bring something different to improve the side. We were after a player of his qualities, who can offer something different and improve the starting eleven. His height will trouble defenders and cause problems, but as a player he’s got much more in his locker and will score different types of goals. Kieffer has already been in the local area and knows South Yorkshire now, so I expect him to settle quickly and work hard to get into our team.”

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