LONG-TIME absentee David Noble says he just wants to “crack on” with his Rotherham United career now and ensure that the dark days are well behind him.
Noble got his first start since September 8 last Saturday and he scored in the 3-1 win over promotion rivals Northampton Town.
“It’s just great to be playing football again after all the problems,” acknowledged the classy 31-year-old midfielder.
His last start had been in the 6-2 defeat at Port Vale five months ago after which he was out of the picture with rumours that he’d had a fall-out with boss Steve Evans who had signed him previously at Boston United.
At the time he was given a break away from the club due to some personal problems. He got an ankle injury but had a court case hanging over him and, in October, having admitted an assault charge from last March, was given 180 hours Community work.
“It’s great just to be playing football again because it hasn’t been great either on or off the pitch and there have been some dark days,” said Noble.
“Even when I got over the ankle injury, I then went and did it again straightaway so that was difficult and, all told, at times it’s not been nice.
“But I hope it’s all behind me now and I can crack on and grasp the chance to show what I can do.”
However, he admitted that there is a battle for places, particularly in midfield.
“We have some good midfielders here so it is going to be difficult pinning down a place but that’s the aim.”
Meanwhile, Millers chairman Tony Stewart says the club is “privileged” that the FA have selected the New York Stadium to host the England women’s international against Canada on April 7 (3pm).
“When we opened the New York Stadium, we wanted to showcase it to the biggest audience we could and we are set to capture a new and wider audience,” said Stewart. “We’re privileged and look forward to putting our home on show for the world to see.”
This afternoon’s reserve team game at Bradford City has been switched to the John Charles Sports Centre in south Leeds (2pm).