rotherham United captain Ryan Cresswell says the club has been inspired by the success of Chesterfield’s promotion to League One.
While Rotherham is a bigger town than Chesterfield and historically the Millers have been a bigger draw in terms of attendances, it is the Spireites that have forged ahead on and off the pitch.
Cresswell believes that Rotherham can learn from their Derbyshire neighbours and begin next season with hopes of promotion.
He said: “They’ve [Chesterfield] done well; but who is to say that we can’t do well? For half of the season we were more than a match for them.
“For one reason or another we just didn’t progress and push on. We have a new stadium to look forward to and we want to be in the next league above when we move into that stadium.”
The Millers began the rebuilding process with the appointment of Andy Scott as manager. Improvement has been evident, with victory over Torquay on the last day of the season a boon for players and fans alike.
Cresswell has been impressed by Scott’s methods and thinks it will carry over to pre-season training.
He said: “The lads who were here had a bit of a boost. He makes training enjoyable, brings professionalism and generally a new set-up through the club.
“That’s not to say that old regime was a wrong one, it’s just a fresh idea from top to bottom. Hopefully it will work.
“It will be a tough pre-season. You never expect to have an easy day for a month so I’ll look forward to that.
“We want to get promotion. However we do it, as long as promotion happens that is all that matters.”