Rotherham United: Midfield, right-back or centre-half? Will Vaulks has his say

Will Vaulks
Will Vaulks

Versatile Will Vaulks has ended the debate about where he sees his future at Rotherham United.

The midfield man, who featured at right-back earlier in the season, played in his third position of the League One campaign when he impressed at centre-half in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle.

But the 24-year-old, who believes the 10th-placed Millers can push themselves back into play-off contention in the second half of the season, knows exactly where he’d like to be.

“Centre midfield every time,” he said. “I prefer centre-half to right-back. Right-back is my least favourite because I feel I can get exposed out there. I prefer central midfield the most.”

Vaulks was switched from the middle of the park in the 50th minute of the Argyle clash when Richard Wood was sent off for a second yellow-card offence.

“I didn’t mind it. I quite enjoyed it, if I’m honest,” he said. “I like getting aggressive and winning my headers. I felt comfortable there.”

Rotherham, who climbed to fourth place before a seven-match winless streak dropped them to midtable, reach the halfway point of the season when they entertain MK Dons this Saturday.

Paul Warne’s men arrested the slide with a come-from-behind win at Blackpool on December 9 and followed that up by fighting back from a goal down with 10 men to score a stoppage-time equaliser against Plymouth at AEESEAL New York Stadium.

“It was a good start to the season, then we faded a bit,” Vaulks said. “Hopefully the last two results are a bit of a turning point for us.

“We need a good Christmas period to get us back up where we need to be. In the second half of the season, we want to do a little bit better. We need to be fighting right up there. That’s what we feel as players and as a staff.

“We need more results away from home, I think our form will get better now because we’ve shown we can win games from behind.”

Wood received his marching orders after being cautioned for a challenge on visiting goalkeeper Kelle Roos and then being booked for a trip on striker Ryan Taylor

“The second booking, Woody didn’t think it was a yellow. But he would think that!” Vaulks said. “The second one is because the lad could potentially have been on the break.

“The first one, I didn’t think it was. He’s got to go for that. It’s bouncing between him and the centre-half. All right, maybe a foul, but not a yellow card.”

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