WHEN most in football are looking forward to their summer break and a rest at the end of a long, hard season, Jamie Annerson was thinking rather differently.
The Rotherham United goalkeeper admits that he wishes it was still going on!
Annerson, who came through Sheffield United’s Academy and represented England at Under 19 level, has good reason to harbour such feelings.
After a previous season when he simply had to sit patiently game after game on the bench and never touched a ball in the first team, he did get some opportunities this season and actually finished the campaign in the side.
That run amounted to the last six matches to be precise, thus doubling his tally from the rest of the season, four of those earlier half-a-dozen appearances coming in cup matches.
“When I got into the team at the end of the season I enjoyed it and then I didn’t want the season to end,” he said. “I just wanted it to go on.
“It makes you look forward to next season even more and, hopefully, I can hit the ground running when we return for pre-season training.”
Annerson, now 22, has signed a new two-year contract, the first of the six Millers players out of contract to pen a new deal.
“I’m delighted the club have stood by me and I’m hoping I can get the No 1 spot next season,” he added. He actually played his first Millers game as far back as 2007 when he was on loan from the Blades. Another loan spell saw no action before he signed permanently in June 2009. However, the form and consistency of Andy Warrington always meant he was second choice.
Kevin Ellison has joined Morecambe on a free-transfer. The former Rotherham United winger has agreed a one-year deal and will move to the League Two outfit on July 1.