Rotherham United: Millers use break to help new boys

Lee Camp
Lee Camp

Rotherham United are making the most of the international break after their triple signing swoop on transfer deadline day.

The Millers were happy to have a fortnight away from Championship anyway as they looked to get some players up to full speed and see others recover from injuries.

Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe

Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe

Now, they’re using the two-week window to also integrate new arrivals goalkeeper Lee Camp, midfielder Tony Andreu and winger Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe before league action resumes next Saturday at Charlton Athletic.

“I think it helps,” said 31-year-old Camp, who joined the club on a two-year deal after agreeing his release from Premier League Bournemouth.

“It gives you chance to settle in and get to know the boys, get an understanding of what’s expected and what’s required, although that had already been pretty much laid out in front of me by the manager before I signed.”

Boss Steve Evans said: “The break has come at a good time for us. We’ve got players who need to go around the clock in terms of catching up with fitness. We’ve got some who joined us late like Chris Maguire, and players who have missed some of the season like Lewis Buxton and Joe Mattock.

Tony Andreu

Tony Andreu

“Lee Frecklington has been in and out, Manu Ledesma joined us a week later than anyone else. Joe Newell had his pre-season disrupted by a groin strain at Peterborough before he joined us.

“There are a lot of players who need to have a little mini pre-season early in the month of September. They’ll be working hard.”

The Rotherham manager knows that some of his players who have featured in every game will benefit from a rest, but has kept them guessing.

“We’ve got some players who have had a lot of game-time who need a break,” he acknowledged. “Some of those boys will get three days off consecutively within the break but they won’t be told in advance. There’ll be nobody booking any wee holidays.”

The Millers, who are bottom of the table after five matches, hope that injured trio Mattock, Frecklington and Frazer Richardson, who was stretchered off in the last match, against Fulham, with a twisted ankle, will all be available for the trip to the Addicks.

Meanwhile, Evans is adamant he has a long future with the Millers.

“Whatever happens, Steve Evans will be here,” he said. “That is what my chairman tells me and he’s never, ever said a word to me that’s not been 100 per cent true.

“We’re here for the long haul and trying to get it right.”