NEWCOMER Lee Frecklington has already been as good as his word in just one appearance for Rotherham United. Millers followers will be hoping he can back it up in the next few weeks.
The 27-year-old midfielder is set for a home debut tonight against Morecambe having marked the first appearance of his loan spell from Peterborough with the opening goal in an eye-catching display in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Aldershot.
“I’ll come in, work hard for you and get a goal,” said Frecklington when he met manager Steve Evans about the move to Rotherham. “There’ll be nothing silly, I’ll work hard and help turn the season.”
Whether the win at Aldershot - when Frecklington scored and had some involvement in the other two goals as well - proves the turning point after the bad home defeat to Southend, remains to be seen.
But the partnership of Frecklington and Kari Arnason in midfield instantly clicked and was a key factor in the win at Aldershot.
“It’s been frustrating not playing just recently and I’m glad that Rotherham have given me an opportunity for first team football and I aim to repay them,” said the former Lincoln City man.
“I know Rotherham are looking to get promotion and I’m looking forward to that particular challenge right now.”
Boss Evans said he first tried for Frecklington three years ago and pointed out that Swansea bid £700,000 for him a couple of years ago only for Peterborough to ask for £1million.
“He’s a terrific player, a good individual and the right type - the type we want,” said Evans. “He says he’s going to come in and work hard for us and we saw that on Saturday, he was as good as his word.”
Andy Warrington will be in goal with Scott Shearer out for at least six weeks after a cartilage operation. On the bench will be youth team goalkeeper Tony Thompson as he was at Aldershot.
Evans will look at bringing in a goalkeeper, probably an Under 21 goalkeeper from a top flight club who they have seen and liked.
“Andy is the man in possession and he knows that if he does well he stays in and if he doesn’t then, same as anybody else, he gets taken out,” said the Millers boss. “The fans will want me to put in the best man.”
Evans refused to confirm it would be the same team... “It’s certainly not a certainty, I shall look at one or two things and no one should assume that I won’t change,” added Evans who said he would make further striker inquiries later this week.
“What I do know is that we’ll have a strong bench, so people only have to look across and see that.”
Midfielder David Noble was missing at the weekend with an ankle injury and may not quite be ready for tonight.
Morecambe arrive with an excellent away record which shows three wins and a draw from six matches and they won at Rochdale in their last away game.
Former Millers favourite Nick Fenton will be in defence and Kevin Ellison on the left. However, big striker Richard Brodie is missing after being sent off in Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Southend.