BEN Pringle is confident he will adapt to the rough and tumble of life in League Two.
The midfielder, who swapped Derby County for Rotherham United two months ago, is no stranger to the basement division of the Football League, having spent a month on loan at Torquay United last season.
Pringle, who played five times for the Gulls, told The Star: “I played a few games at Torquay last year so I know what to expect.
“We won most of the games, although most of them seemed more like fighting matches than football games.
“The gaffer wants to play football but at times we are going to have to get physical.
“There will be times when we will have to try and battle our way out of the league.
“You have to be able to mix it up at this level. When I played for Ilkeston, we were successful because we managed to play football and got physical. If we can do both, then we should be alright.”
Pringle became Andy Scott’s first summer signing in June, penning a two-year deal at the Don Valley Stadium.
He said it was Scott who “sold” the Millers project to him. He had a year left remaining on his contract at Derby but felt he had to move on due to the lack of first-team opportunities at the Championship outfit.
In the 2010/11 campaign, Pringle made just three starts for the Rams, making a further 12 appearances as a substitute whilst also starting two cup matches.
“It was hard,” he said. “There were a few times I would play and the team would play well and win and I would do well and the next week I would be out.
“Other players would come in and the team would lose and they would still play and I would not get given a chance. I’m not bitter about that. Obviously Nigel Clough brought me into the club in the first place from no where and I appreciate that. He changed my life so I can’t be bitter.
“I think I could have done a lot more if I had been given a chance.”
Including Pringle, Scott has recruited eight new faces in an attempt to turn the club into genuine promotion candidates when the new campaign gets underway next Saturday.
“With the way the club is run and the players we have got, it would be a massive underachievement if we didn’t get promotion,” said Pringle. “Our main target is to avoid the play-offs and push to win the league.”
n Jamie Green, on trial at Bradford City, has been given more time to convince Bantams boss Peter Jackson he is worthy of a contract.
Jackson said: “Jamie is one of the options open to us.”
Green was released by the Millers at the end of last year.