Rotherham United: Millers striker relishing the prospect of temporary spell in National League

Jamie Proctor insists he had no issues with stepping down to non-league in a bid to get his career back on track.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 11:39 am
Everton's Mason Holgate (left) Rotherham United's Jamie Proctor (right) battle for the ball during the Carabao Cup, second round match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The 27-year-old Rotherham striker has joined National League side AFC Fylde on loan until the end of the season after his stint at Scunthorpe was cut short.

Proctor made 14 appearances for the League Two side but was a bit-part player under Paul Hurst.

And because he had already featured for the Millers before his move to Glanford Park, rules mean he would not have been able to play for a Football League club this season.

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But the striker was willing to drop down into the fifth tier in order to get games having seen his career stall over the last couple of years.

“Over the past two years I’ve had a few personal problems and off-field injuries which have hampered my progress,” said Proctor.

“Obviously I couldn’t play for another league club, so when I expressed the desire to join another club, this was top of my list. I’ve had a lot of moves in football, but this is one I’m genuinely really excited about.”

Alongside his a serious knee injury, one of Proctor's biggest issues has been travelling across the M62 each morning to training, both for the Millers and Scunthorpe.

That will not be a problem for the rest of the season as Fylde's training ground is 10 minute from his house.

“I’ve always kept my base in Preston and it’s good for me to get back home – if you’re happy off the pitch and spending time with your loved ones, then it transfers onto the pitch,” he added.