Rotherham United: Lawrie Wilson an ideal squad man

Richard Brindley
Richard Brindley

New boy Lawrie Wilson has prepared for his Rotherham United loan switch by spending three years playing out of position!

The 27-year-old, who last week joined the Millers’ survival scrap from Championship rivals Charlton Athletic until the end of the season, admits he likes life in defence but rarely gets the chance to play there.

As one AESSEAL New York Stadium right-back, Richard Brindley, headed out on loan to Colchester United, Wilson revealed: “I prefer to play right-back. That is where I want to play moving on in my career. But for the last three seasons, including being at Stevenage, I’ve played right midfield.”

It was business as usual on his Rotherham debut in the derby with Sheffield Wednesday with him deployed in a more advanced role and Jack Hunt taking the right-back berth.

Wilson, whose temporary deal may become permanent at the end of the season, knows his value as a squad man.

“I’m quite versatile. I’ve played left-back, centre mid, pretty much everywhere really!” he said.

“I’m quite good to have around in the squad. The type of player I am is to get everything I’ve got so whatever position they put me in I’m always going to give it everything.”

He’s relishing the chance to be in the starting 11 after a frustrating season with the Addicks where he has featured regularly but not begun many matches.

“I’ve got a chance to go out there and make these last seven games count. It’s been a very hard season for myself and my family,” he said.

“But I’m professional in what I do on and off the field so I hope that everything I have done this year can lead into these last seven games and really give me a big boost.”

The Millers had hoped to make one more signing this week, but yesterday’s 5pm loan-window deadline passed with no new arrivals.

Brindley, who has already had loan spells at Scunthorpe United and Oxford United, yesterday joined Colchester until the end of the season.

Goalkeeper Tony Thompson, who has made the bench for several Championship matches, has gone to non-league Southport, also to the end of the season.

Millers loan left-back Daniel Lafferty played for Northern Ireland in their 1-0 defeat against Scotland.