Adam Collins is hoping to get the better of his new pal in the battle of the goalkeepers at Rotherham United.
The hero of last May’s penalty shoot-out in the League One Play-off Final faces stiff competition from Scott Loach, one of 11 pre-season arrivals at New York Stadium.
The pair have become firm friends, but Collin, who saved two spot-kicks at Wembley, is targeting a place in the Millers’ starting line-up for their Championship opener at Derby County on August 9.
“I’m looking forward to opening day. I’m just hoping I’ll be in the team to face Derby,” Collin said.
“That’s what I’m working towards now and it should be a really great start to the season. It’s a tough start, but a great start.
“Me and Scott (Loach) get on really well. We work well together with Dibbs (goalkeeping coach Andy Dibble) and it’s going to be a good battle for the No 1 shirt.
“He’s an experienced goalkeeper, I’m an experienced goalkeeper, we’ve both got loads of games under our belts and we’re just going to have to see who the Gaffer (Steve Evans) goes with.”
Collin began last season on the bench, but took over from Scott Shearer and became a key figure in Rotherham’s promotion campaign.
The 29-year-old added: “Hopefully if the Gaffer goes with me I can do the same job as I did last year and possibly even better.”
Collin played more than 100 games for Carlisle before joining the Millers while Loach, 26, has nearly 200 Championship matches under his belt with Watford and Ipswich.
Collin has been pleaded with the Millers’ pre-season work as they gear up for their first season in the second tier under boss Evans.
He said: “It’s gone really, really well. We haven’t picked up too many injuries and the lads have got a lot of game time under their belts.
“The lads who have come in are all good lads. There are no big-time Charlies or anything along those lines.
“Everyone who has joined has come in and mixed in well from day one. They’ve integrated into the group really, really well. The team spirit from last season I think is still there. The banter is all good. We train well together, work well together and get on well together.”
Meanwhile, Steve Cotterill, manager of Bristol City, one of the clubs being linked on social-media sites with a bid for Kieran Agard, has said: “He’s a good player but we’ll have to wait and see.”
Danny Rowe and Nicky Walker have joined Wycome on loan until November 2. while Mitchell Rose has gone to Crawley for three months.