“You’ve got a good one there, Steve.”
Rival Championship boss Mick McCarthy knew what he was talking about when he spoke to Rotherham United manager Steve Evans about midfield man Paul Green.
Green had just signed for the Millers in the summer, having had a loan spell at Ipswich under McCarthy the previous season.
“He’s been our best player for the season so far,” said Evans. “He’s been absolutely fantastic.
“When I signed him, I spoke to Mick McCarthy down at Ipswich as a matter of courtesy just to let him know.
“His exact words were ‘You’ve got a good one there, Steve’. He was right.”
Green has been a star performer for the Millers during their first season back in the second tier, but it’s not just his contribution during matches which Evans so admires.
“When I say best player ... obviously there’s a large element of that down to the performances you produce in games,” the Millers boss said,
“But there’s also a large element that is what you do and how you conduct yourself on the training ground: how you train, and the effort, style and commitment with which you approach your football.”
Green said: “I feel like I have started the season well.”
While New York Stadium teammate Kari Arnason has played for Iceland during the international break, Green has remained with Rotherham, just missing out with the Republic of Ireland, having been named in their provisional squad.
Evans is happy to see his players called up by their countries. “I’m pleased if the players are pleased,” he said.
“I’ve had players in the past who didn’t want to be selected, but Paul Green was in the Republic of Ireland squad prior to joining us.
“He’s very proud of representing them at senior level.”
Rotherham won 2-0 against Burton in a Final Third Development League fixture at Roundwood, with Matt Derbyshire and Mitch Rose on target.