Ian banks on Ollie making quite a mark

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IAN Banks already believes son Ollie is a much better player than he was and expects him to play at a higher level.

Ollie, aged 18, marked his Rotherham United debut with a well-taken goal against Torquay in the final match with Ian, former Millers and Barnsley midfielder, watching from the stands.

Days later young Banks was offered a professional deal by the Millers which he is still mulling over.

Dad Ian, who now manages NCEL club Eccleshill United, sees similarities in their style but believes Ollie is the more gifted.

“Ollie is a much better player than I ever was and I do believe he can play at a much higher level than League Two and he will do at some point,” he said.

“He’s been offered a one year contract and it’s barely minimum wage, but he’s got to go and prove himself. Some people will say he’s achieved nothing in the game yet and I understand that,

“But if he gets a run of games in the first team then Rotherham will make some money out of him.”

He says it’s been a frustrating time for his son who almost left the club for a handsome fee a year ago and was under the impression that he’d have been more involved with the first team already.

“Go back a year and he was on trial at Newcastle and doing well but a compensation figure was never agreed,” he said.

“Then there was interest from Leicester City. Rotherham wanted a figure but Leicester weren’t prepared to pay it, so he stayed at Rotherham and was promised to be training with the first team every day.

“I think Ronnie Moore liked him as a player, but in the modern game you’re only four games away from the sack so giving youngsters a run out isn’t really an option. It’s frustrating he only got his chance in the last game of the season.”

Mexborough-born Ian played for the Millers between 1992-94 and had a reputation as a goal-scoring midfielder.

He sees similarities in his son’s style but thinks the poise he showed for his goal, at such a tender age, proves he’s got real qualities.

“a debut’s nice but scoring as well is a massive bonus and he was walking about with a smile on his face for three days afterwards,” chuckled Ian. “I was certainly proud to see him in their shirt.”