Goal ace bids to complete hat-trick

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CHRIS Holroyd is bidding to complete a hat-trick of promotions at Rotherham United.

The Nantwich-born forward, who arrived on a free transfer from Brighton and Hove Albion in June, helped Stevenage and Bury climb out of League Two during two loan spells last term.

Now Holroyd is aiming to add another promotion to his burgeoning CV with a new-look Millers outfit, who have bought in eight new players over the summer.

“It would be nice to make it a hat-trick,” he told The Star. “It is all about momentum in this league and we saw that with Stevenage last year. They got on a roll and came from nowhere.”

He added: “I would not have joined Rotherham if I didn’t think we had a real chance of going up this year. There is real ambition here. We have got a great squad, a good manager so hopefully we will have a good season.”

Holroyd has quickly adjusted to his new surroundings, scoring goals in the pre-season friendlies with Grimsby and Huddersfield.

In an experimental 4-3-3 formation against the Terriers last weekend, the 24-year-old was given the responsibility by manager Andy Scott of leading the line, with Adam Le Fondre and Lewis Grabban supporting from the wide positions.

The lively movement of the front three caused Huddersfield problems, particularly in the first half. Le Fondre and Grabban regularly swapped flanks while Holroyd worked the channels effectively.

Quick and direct, Holroyd likes to play off the shoulder of the last defender. The striker, who has penned a two-year deal at Rotherham, believes he has the tactical acumen to play alongside Le Fondre and felllow new boy Grabban in a three-man attack.

He said: “It is a nice balance and I think it worked quite well the three of us up front together.

“We have all got something different to offer. The main thing is that we score goals.

“Huddersfield are a team who are going to be challenging but the system worked well for 70 minutes.

“It was the first time we had tried it and all the boys thought it worked well. I think we matched them for most of the match. We just dropped off late on due to a loss of concentration.”

It was Scott who persuaded Holroyd into becoming his third summer recruit.

“It is a big club and when I met the manager, I felt he could really improve me as a player,” said Holroyd. “Andy is very organised and methodical in training.

“He wants to get everything right. That is what you need as a manager. We need to go out on the pitch feeling confident and knowing our jobs.”