Rotherham United: Cherries old boy Lee Camp wants to be first pick for Millers

Lee Camp
Lee Camp

New signing Lee Camp is relishing his battle with Adam Collin for the Rotherham United goalkeeper’s jersey.

The 31-year-old joined the Championship Millers on a two-year deal on transfer deadline day and is desperate for first-team action after leaving Premier League Bournemouth.

“I’m a competitor. I want to play football,” he said. “I understand the position, that I have to compete. I can do that by performing in training and in any game-time that I get.

“I’ll look to perform and stamp my authority on the position.”

Camp’s arrival saw Kelle Roos return early to parent club Derby County from his loan spell, leaving the new boy and Collin as the club’s two senior shot-stoppers.

“I understand there is competition for places,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into it.”

Lee Camp in action at New York Stadium last season

Lee Camp in action at New York Stadium last season

Camp, a free agent after Bournemouth agreed to free him from his contract, is an experienced Championship keeper, having played nearly 200 games for Nottingham Forest and being the Cherries’ main man until last season.

He played 13 times last year - including in all three games against Rotherham - and knew he would have to move if he wanted more regular action.

“I had a good relationship with (manager) Eddie Howe at Bournemouth,” the Northern Ireland international revealed. “I spoke to him at the end of last season and unfortunately he said he didn’t see me playing in his side.

“I expressed a wish to play football and it was just a case of finding the right club for me to come to and compete.

“The one thing I want to do is compete for my shirt.”

Camp clearly recalls his two matches at AESSEAL New York Stadium last term - Cherries wins in the FA Cup and league on consecutive January weekends - and says his experiences then helped make up his mind that Rotherham was the right destination for him.

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“The one thing that stood out with all the recent success was the atmosphere of the place and the supporters,” he said. “It wasn’t a hard sell, to be honest.”

He was joined at New York on deadline day by Norwich City pair winger Vadis Odjidja-Odfoe and attacking midfielder Tony Andreu.

But quickly departing was 23-year-old Roos, who had started the season as the Millers No 1 before being replaced by Collin, with boss Steve Evans citing the 6ft 5in Dutchman’s lack of consistency as the major reason behind the decision.

Despite a long and tiring deadline day on Monday as he waited for his move to be ratified, Camp trained with his new teammates yesterday.

“I’m good to go,” he said. “I know a few of the lads anyway - shake hands and get on with business.”