New boy Aidy White is determined to use Rotherham United’s pre-season games to cement his place in boss Steve Evans’ plans for the forthcoming Championship campaign.
White featured for the Millers in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Greenock Morton, having impressed in earlier matches against Parkgate FC and Stocksbridge Park Steels.
“Pre-season is a lot about fitness, but you also have to go out there and show what you can do,” he said.
“No-one wants to have a bad pre-season as you want to hit the ground running when you get the first league games, and pre-season builds up to that.
“If you can get the spot in the first league game, then it’s your spot and responsibility to hold on to it for the rest of the season.”
The Millers squad are in Scotland for the rest of the week, facing Dundee tomorrow and Partick Thistle next Saturday before returning to England for their final friendlies, against Premier League Leicester City and German Bundesliga outfit FSV Mainz O5.
White, one of manager Evans’ 10 summer recruits so far, with a couple more likely to come, believes the Scotland tour will be a valuable bonding exercise for Rotherham’s new-look squad.
“It’s where everyone will get to know each other a lot better,” said the 23-year-old left winger before the Morton game.
“The games will be competitive and it is going to be good.
“I am sure there will be lots of fitness work and football, and I am sure it will be a great experience to get to know all the lads.”
Trialist Jeffrey Sarpong has his third outing for Rotherham against Morton, who included former Miller Michael Tidser in their line-up, as Evans weighs up whether to offer the Dutch winger, aged 26, a deal.
“It was a great workout, especially in the first half,” said Millers No 2 Paul Raynor. “We got a little bit disjointed in the second half.
“We’ve had some really tough games here in the past but this time it was a comfortable victory.”