Annerson eyes Millers No 1 jersey

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JAMIE Annerson is ready to battle for the number one jersey at Rotherham United.

The former Sheffield United trainee acknowledges he will have to consistently hit top form to displace evergreen shot-stopper Andy Warrington between the sticks.

Since arriving in 2008 on a free transfer from the Blades, Annerson has struggled to hold down a first-team place at Rotherham. His role has been to provide back-up to Warrington.

But, buoyed after starting the final six matches of last term, Annerson is determined to become a first-team regular and push Warrington for a starting spot.

Annerson, contracted to the Millers until 2013, told The Star: “This has to be the best pre-season of my life. It is a massive summer for myself. It is in my own hands as to what will happen.

“Pre-season will be tough but I have to work as hard as I can every day and when the games come along, I have to make sure I am calm and perform well in the friendlies. I want to carry on and finish the way I did last season.”

Annerson, who has represented England at under-19 level, said he was pleased with his performances after being given a run-out by Rotherham boss Andy Scott.

“I was delighted with the six games I had at the end of the season,” he said. “I didn’t want the year to end.

“It was a big confidence booster for me that the manager played me, even when Andy (Warrington) had recovered from injury.

“I have always been confident in my own ability, even in the times when I wasn’t playing last year. I know I am ready to be playing week in week out. When the chance did come along, I showed that I can handle it.”

The 23-year-old added: “The majority of the season was really frustrating for me again. I had to be patient because Andy was in fine form so I didn’t get many opportunities to show what I can do.

“I was happy to get the cup games and build up a bit of confidence in those matches.

“I just concentrated on training hard and doing well in the reserve games.

I had to wait for my chance to come but I think I took it.

“Now I’m looking forward to getting back and working hard in pre-season.

“I can only do my best and the rest is down to who the manager picks.”