MIDFIELD star Martin Woods will need little introduction to Millers’ fans when Doncaster Rovers take on Rotherham United at the New York Stadium tonight.
Woods virtuallly swept the board at United’s end-of-season awards in his only season at the club before joining Rovers on a four-year deal.
“I really enjoyed my time there,” said the former Scotland Under-21 international. They were a homely club and the fans were great to me, but financially they were really struggling and had had a 10-point reduction.
“I was only young at the time and I’d gone there from Sunderland where I’d played a few games in the Premier League and I’d not known for players to graft really hard to win because a lot of the guys needed the winning bonus. It was a real eye-opener for me and the experience has probably stood me in good stead.”
He added: “I’ve always kept an eye on their results since I left and I’m pleased that they have turned things around. They have just moved into a new stadium, which looks very impressive from the outside, and I’m looking forward to playing there.
“Steve Evans left Crawley, who will be playing in League One this season, to take over as manager late last season and I’m sure that he will have done his homework to make sure that the foundations were in place to take the club forward.
“He’s been given money to spend and he’s brought in some good players and I’ve heard that they are going to give it a real go this season and I think that they’ll probably win the League Two title.
“The game will obviously be a step up in class for us having played three non-League sides and we will be looking to go there and try to spoil their party.
“Although pre-season games are mainly about gaining match fitness, we’ll certainly be looking to put on a good show.
“It’s good to get into a winning mentality going into a season.
“Having said that, pre-season results have not always been a good indicator of how we will do since I’ve been here.
“We’ve sometimes done well in pre-season and started badly.”