Rotherham United: Quiet man Daniel Lafferty gives Millers plenty to shout about

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He might not have a lot to say for himself but loan defender Daniel Lafferty is making all the right noises at Rotherham United.

The Northern Ireland defender is with the Millers from Premier League Burnley until the end of the season, and manager Steve Evans thinks the club couln’t have anyone better for the left-back role.

“He’s a level-headed boy, a quiet boy by nature, although he’s not quiet on the pitch,” said Evans.

The Rotherham boss took the chance during the loan window to extend the 25-year-old’s stay, claiming: “It would be hard to go and find another player as good as him, at this stage of the season, who’s not in someone’s first team.

“I was really pleased when the Burnley manager, Sean Dyche, rang me and followed up on my request and said we’d extend the loan.”

Lafferty is a regular in the Northern Ireland, squad, playing in last week’s 1-0 defeat to Scotland, and his composure on the ball has been plain for Millers fans to see.

“He doesn’t get fazed. He’s a full international,” added Evans who has been impressed by Lafferty’s approach. “He’s in early stretching. His preparation is great. That always gives you the chance to be a footballer.”

Lafferty was one of the Millers’ best performers in their last match, against Sheffield Wednesday, and provided an attacking threat in the game before, at Nottingham Forest.

Evans believes there is more to come from him in the last seven games of the Millers’ battle for Championship safety as his conditioning improves after a season spent largely out of the first team at Turf Moor.

“Danny is getting more match fit with each game that goes by,” he said.

“Against Forest he got into the last third of the pitch in the second half more times than he’s ever done for us. His quality wasn’t as good as it should be. he knows that. He’s been working on it.”

Rotherham have frozen season-ticket prices at 2013/14 levels for fans who renew before April 18 while new season tickets are available at discounted rates until the same date.