Promotion is my goal says striker Eaves

Tom Eaves on his debut for the Millers
Tom Eaves on his debut for the Millers
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Big striker Tom Eaves has arrived at Rotherham United clear in his objectives.

He wants to push the Millers towards promotion.

The strapping 21-year-old made his debut as a last 20 minute sub at Walsall and hasn’t come to sit on the bench.

“Yes, I’m happy to be here as I wasn’t playing regularly for Bolton - and the best thing for any young striker is to get out and play games” he said.

“You have to prove yourself and if that means moving down to League One then that’s what you do. I played there last season and it was a good experience.

“The gaffer (Steve Evans) spoke to me about the club and thought it would be a good move for me and I agreed” added Eaves who had three other clubs wanting to take him. “I’ve come here to try and start games. It is imperative that I do play games because I want to do my utmost and it’s up to me to perform when I get the chance. The talk is of a club going forward and my loyalties right now are with Rotherham United. I hope to get this club promoted. Hopefully, my goals will contribute to that.”

Eaves had a good record in the lower divisions last season scoring seven in 15 games for Bristol Rovers in League Two and then six in 10 appearances for Shrewsbury in League One. “It was a bit of whirlwind season because I played in the Championship as well” he added. “Having experienced this level last season will help but I’m disappointed I didn’t get a chance (to score) on Saturday. But if one comes my way, I’ll be doing my utmost to put it in the back of the net.

“People will look at me, 6ft 5ins, and think I’m all about the ball in the air but I prefer it on the floor. And I like getting in the box and scoring goals and, ultimately, it’s about scoring goals. If I can do that to the best of my ability then I’ll be helping the team and it will be good for myself too.”

Eaves admired Daniel Nardiello’s finish for the goal at Walsall. “It was typical fox-in-the-box stuff, a really good finish,” added Eaves who is set to figure in a friendly today. Millers boss Steve Evans was at Sunderland last night checking on Saturday’s visitors, Peterborough