UNCOMPROMISING centre-back Michael Raynes is determined to enhance his reputation by leading Rotherham United out of League Two and adding a second promotion to his burgeoning CV.
Since arriving for an undisclosed fee from Scunthorpe United just 24 hours before the start of the 2011/12 season, Raynes has quickly established himself as a first-team regular at the Don Valley Stadium, starting six matches on the trot at the heart of the defence.
It was just over three years ago the Wynthenshaw-born defender helped Stockport escape the basement division alongside Conrad Logan, who is currently on loan with the Millers from Leicester City.
Now Raynes is targeting more silverware and the likeable 23-year-old is convinced Andy Scott’s side have the strength in depth to challenge in the upper echelons of the table.
“I would not have come here if I didn’t think we could win things,” Raynes told The Star. “I think we have got enough experience in the squad to do well. We have got players who have got promoted from this league before so we are going to give it a right good go.
“We have to aim for top spot and we are going to do everything in our power to achieve that goal.”
It was Raynes who got caught out for Swindon Town’s second equaliser in the Sky televised encounter on Saturday. He lost substitute Alan Connell from a corner as the Robins fought back to condemn Rotherham to their first league defeat of the season.
Scott has injury and suspension concerns ahead of their home duel with Dagenham and Redbridge this Saturday. Goalkeeper Logan is a major doubt after having teeth knocked out and broken his nose at the County Ground. He suffered the problem after colliding with Raynes and Swindon’s Lukas Magera in the opening minute of the heated contest.
The Irishman is set to undergo surgery to have his nose re-set and some dental work. If he is not passed fit to play at home to the Daggers, Andy Warrington is likely to get the nod in between the sticks.
With marquee summer signing Danny Schofield banned for one match after being given his marching orders at Swindon for two bookable offences, Ben Pringle and Jason Taylor are vying for first-team recalls.