When Matt Tubbs was shown the New York Stadium before he joined the Millers, he was pretty impressed.
When he experienced it first hand, and full, this week, he realised what all the good words were about and that his first impressions were well justified.
“To be honest, I wasn’t fully aware of the size of the occasion until I walked out, saw a full stadium and a great atmosphere,” said Rotherham’s new striker who has joined on a six month loan from Bournemouth.
He’d been shown round the stadium when manager Steve Evans was trying to entice him to Rotherham.
“It was my decision to move from Bournemouth,” said the 29-year-old striker.
“I felt my chances of playing regularly in The Championship would be slim and the manager (Eddie Howe) said it was up to me.
“He said if I wanted to stay then fine but he could not promise game time.
“I knew Rotherham were interested but had the opportunities to go elsewhere .
“I’d worked with the gaffer (Steve Evans) at Crawley, know what he’s about and, love him or hate him, he gets results.
“There’d been the successful spell under him at Crawley, he knows the way I work and both Scott Shearer and Claude Davis had come here.
“The gaffer had been after me for a while and I was certainly impressed when I was shown the stadium.
“As home debuts go, the other night was fantastic.”
Tubbs made his debut at Crewe last Saturday , getting 40 minutes when Evans was thinking more like half that.
“I haven’t had any game time at all during pre-season,” explained Tubbs who had been troubled with a thigh strain.
“I broke down again in training and so I’ve not managed any matches during the pre-season.
“It’s great to be back playing and I just want to start scoring some goals now,” added the striker.
“All through my career I’ve played with a big target man and we’ve one here in Alex Revell. So I hope I can keep my place and we can hit it off.”
Talking of target men, today’s New York visitors Preston will have Kevin Davies back in the side.
“Simon Grayson will be delighted to have got him in the face of much competition and Preston will be right up there and we’ve got one heck of a tough test,” said Millers boss Steve Evans who is considering some changes.