Either I improve or I’m out, says loan man Sam

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SAM Wood has acknowledged his form has to improve if he is to earn a permanent contract at Rotherham United.

The left-sided player, on loan from Brentford until the end of the season, admitted his performance in the 1-0 loss at home to Bristol Rovers was not ‘very good’.

Andy Dorman’s late strike at the Don Valley Stadium ended the Millers four-match unbeaten run in League Two. The defeat leaves them six points adrift of the play-off placings with just 14 matches remaining.

Wood, who can operate at left-back, left wing or in central midfield, told The Star: “I was not very good on the ball on Saturday. It was an off day but you have those in football. I need to do better. I worked hard for the team but I wasn’t great on the ball.

“In the games before, I thought I had played well and had done all right so I just need to get back on the training ground and work hard.”

The 25-year-old has hinted he would like to prolong his stay at Rotherham, saying: “If the manager is happy with me, he will offer me something. I am happy to be up here at the moment. I’ve enjoyed playing regular first-team football.

“The lads and the backroom staff have been fantastic with me. Now I just want to play better than I did in the last game and help the team as much as I possibly can.”

Asked whether discussions have been held over his long-term future, Wood said: “There has been no talk. I will worry about that at the end of the season.”

Winger Marcus Marshall has extended his loan stay with Macclesfield until April 28. He will be ineligible to feature for the Silkmen when they make the trip to the Millers on March 20 while a 24-hour recall clause has also been inserted into the deal.