Rotherham United: This Millers side is better than the one I played in, says Branston

The Star's Millers reporter Les Payne retires soon after the Play-off final and to mark his 45 years of covering the club, Rotherham United have named their press room at New York Stadium after the great man
The Star's Millers reporter Les Payne retires soon after the Play-off final and to mark his 45 years of covering the club, Rotherham United have named their press room at New York Stadium after the great man
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Former Rotherham United defender Guy Branston believes the current side is far more talented than the one he played in which clinched back-to-back promotions in 2001.

Branston played a big role in Ronnie Moore’s team that went up to the Championship and the 35-year-old says he has his fingers crossed the Millers can do it again.

Rotherham will again seal a double promotion should they come through the Play-off final against Leyton Orient on Sunday, having finished another fantastic campaign by losing just three of their 23 matches in 2014.

And Branston insists that while the days of Alan Lee, Kevin Watson, Paul Warne and Mark Robins will never be forgotten, he thinks the chance of another historic double promotion is where the similarities end.

“There aren’t too many similarities, I see a lot better players, honestly I do,” said Branston, speaking as an ambassador at the StreetGames Football Pools Fives programme. “We had a bunch of really hard working, committed individuals but this side have some really talented players,” added Guy who was at the second leg win over Preston.

“We had one really top forward, one really good centre-half and so on, and if they’d been injured we would have dropped like flies. Now you’ve got Pringle, Agard, Revell and some fantastic players elsewhere who can play at a higher level and are performing like it. If you have six or seven players like that coming together it builds morale, builds that sense of wanting to work together and you’re looking good.”

Branston claims the Millers will be reaching their level in The Championship should they achieve promotion.

“We didn’t belong in the Championship so we fought tooth and nail to stay in there,” he added. “Rotherham could sustain a Championship career with the stadium, the budget, the money around the club. I’m heading to Wembley and I hope they do it.”

Guy Branston is a supporter of the StreetGames Football Pools Fives, a programme that takes football to young people in disadvantaged communities across the UK. Go to:http://www.streetgames.org/footballpoolsfives/

Tickets for Sunday’s game went on general sale yesterday with 4,000 going in the first hour. Buyers no longer require a customer number.

Tickets are only available online at http://www.seetickets.com/go/rotherham or by phone on 0871 2303446. Both 24/7 availability.

The Supporters’ Club are taking coach bookings from members and payment at the Riverside Library restaurant on Saturday between 10am and 2pm.