New boy Anthony Wordsworth needed only a matter of seconds to realise he had made the right move by joining Rotherham United.
The midfielder arrived on loan until January only on Friday and went straight into the team which beat Millwall 1-0.
He said after the match: “I walked in the dressing room and after five minutes I felt at home. I felt like I’d been there for ages. They made me feel very welcome. They’re a good group of people. I don’t have a bad word to say about them so far ... we’ll see how that goes!
“It was a perfect start. It was nice to get a win in my first game. It was hard work. I’d trained with the lads only once. I didn’t even know everyone’s name! But they made me feel really welcome and I feel like I’ve settled in really well.
“I wanted to go out on loan. I wanted to go and play some games. It’s important for me to try to stay in the Championship and show everyone I am capable of playing at this level.”
Wordsworth, who can play right across the midfield line and also off a striker, says he needed a loan move after a frustating time at Ipswich.
“When I’ve come in and played for Ipswich I feel I’ve done really well,” he said. “I thought I was unfortunate not to play last season and obviously disappointed to be left out a couple of times this season. I didn’t think I could sit on the bench. I needed to go out and play games. I’ve come here to prove a point to the people at Ipswich. I hope when Mick (Town boss McCarthy) sees the result and that we’ve beat Millwall it will stick in his mind.
“I’ve only been here a day so we’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
But the loan switch almost didn’t happen, he revealed.
“When I was driving up here I got lost and was driving around Mansfield for about 45 minutes,” he grinned. “At that point I was thinking of going back! I don’t really know Rotherham or Sheffield. But I’ll settle in fine. I’ll get my family up and I’ll be all right.”
Boss Steve Evans revealed the Millers enquired about Preston striker Joe Garner but were quoted £2.5 million.The striker has since signed a new deal at Deepdale.