Rotherham United: Home boy Frazer Richardson happy to be with Millers

Frazer Richardson
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Say it quietly ... defender Frazer Richardson was brought up in Rotherham yet supported Leeds United as a boy.

But that doesn’t mean that the right-back isn’t delighted to be playing for his home-town club.

The 32-year-old joined the Millers in the summer after a long career in the Championship and Premier League - including a spell with his childhood Elland Road favourites.

And he said of his switch to Steve Evans’ side “It’s been fantastic, to be honest.

“It was a fantastic opportunity for me to come and play Championship football and, with it being my home-town club, I’m just happy to be here. I just want to do well for me and my family and the whole town, and that’s what I’m looking to do.”

Despite playing for a number of others clubs, including Leeds, Stoke, Middlesbrough, Charlton, Southampton and Ipswich, Richardson always retained a soft spot for the Millers.

“As a boy, I was actually a Leeds fan,” he confessed.

“But I’ve always kept an eye out for Rotherham wherever I’ve been, so hopefully we can do well this season and keep the club up there (in the Championship)..

Meanwhile, Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has praised new Millers loan signing Conor Sammon and revealed why he was prepared to let him leave Portman Road.

The striker was on a season-long loan at Town from Derby County and McCarthy described the 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international as “a real handful” when he started games.

“When he played the first few games and we played three up front, himself, Murph and Didz (Shaun Murphy and David McGoldrick) were a real handful,” McCarthy said. “He contributed a lot.”

“He has not had his opportunities purely and simply because we have had two other Irish strikers in front of him.

“I get that he wants to play and he wants to progress his career.”