Rotherham United’s Joe Skarz is looking forward to beginning life in the Championship after the release of next season’s fixtures.
The left back, who enjoyed a string of impressive performances last term, can’t wait to get down to business after the fixtures delivered a first game meeting with defeated play-off finalists Derby County.
But Skarz insists playing against big teams and big managers like ex-England boss Steve McClaren holds no fear for the Millers.
“The Championship? It’s a top league, with big clubs, big stadiums and big crowds,” said Skarz.
“You have to aim as high as you can. We won’t be content to just stay in the league. We’ll be working as hard as we can to be successful.”
Whilst remaining optimistic of even further success in the Championship, Skarz knows how difficult next season will be.
However, it is testament to the job being undertaken by manager Steve Evans that the players continue to look up.
“It’s a bigger step-up from League One to the Championship than it is from League Two to League One when you consider the budgets and infrastructure of some of the Championship sides.
“But the boss has already shown his intentions with signings like Matt Derbyshire.”
Evans has made six additions so far this summer and readily admits that more may be on the way in.
The squad are preparing to meet up for the start of pre-season training on Monday including new boys Derbyshire, Matt Sadler, Jordan Bowery, Scott Loach, Connor Newton and Kirk Broadfoot.
And manager Evans is also anticipating an exciting campaign, and believes the opening game against Derby will be the first of many to look forward to for Rotherham fans next season.
“We are coming up against a former England manager and it will be a full house,” said Evans.
“We genuinely don’t think there will be a Saturday or a Tuesday where we won’t have a big match.
“We will try and embrace it and see what we can achieve.”
After the start of season trip to Derby, the Millers then host last seasons’ League One winners Wolverhampton Wanderers in the first home league fixture.