Rotherham United: Why Lawrie Wilson said “yes” to the Millers

Lawrie Wilson
Lawrie Wilson

New boy Lawrie Wilson says the chance to join Rotherham United was just too good to turn down.

he 27-year-old has signed on loan until the end of the season after a frustrating spell at Charlton Athletic.

And he revealed the prospect of regular first-team football helped him decide the time was right to head north from London.

“I was runner-up in the Players’ Player of the Year poll at Charlton last year,” he said. “I came into this season thinking I was going to be playing a lot more football and it hasn’t happened.

“I’ve been trying to keep my head up and be professional and luckily Rotherham have come in.

“To turn down the opportunity to come and play football, as a footballer, would be very stupid.

“This was an opportunity I had to take.”

Wilson has featured 27 times for the Addicks in the 2014/15 campaign but was finding starts hard to come by.

“I’ve always been lucky in that my family have been down south so it’s been nice for them to be able to come and see me play,” he said.

“But me and my wife have always said that wherever my football takes me it takes me because it’s such a short career.”

Wilson, who has spent the last three seasons playing as a right midfielder despite seeing himself primarily as a right-back, made his Millers bow in last weekend’s Championship derby against Sheffield Wednesday at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Boss Steve Evans praised him for an “industrious” debut against the Owls.

“I’ve known Lawrie since his non-league days with Stevenage,” he said.

“We’ve got the option to do something further. He’s a good player. We went down to Charlton a little while a go and a couple of players there spoke in glowing terms about him and were surprised he wasn’t a regular for them, although he was playing a part most weeks.”