ROTHERHAM UNITED: Craig wants a repeat of promotion experience

Port Vale v Rotherham United - Npower League 2 - 8th September 2012 - Craig Morgan fires the ball forward on his debut for the Millers
Port Vale v Rotherham United - Npower League 2 - 8th September 2012 - Craig Morgan fires the ball forward on his debut for the Millers
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DEFENDER Craig Morgan loved his previous promotion experience and fancied another sample - hence his decision to join Rotherham United.

The central defender, who has settled in nicely, promises everyone connected with the club it will be a great feeling if the club can pull it off this time.

“I do follow football with interest and I knew what had happened at Rotherham in recent times and knew last year about the new ground and the move back into the town,” said Craig.

“I knew the chairman had been investing heavily and it was clear in the summer that attendances were going to rise and there was a buzz about the place and I wanted to get back into that buzz.

“The club was clearly intent on getting things right and I do know that when you get it right then it is a great experience - it’s a great feeling,” added the 27-year-old who tasted back-to-back promotions from League One and League Two with Peterborough in 2008 and 2009.

“I can say that it’s great when you experience promotions and knowing what was happening here, I wanted the chance to be part of it although there were other clubs in for me.”

Morgan, who once won over 20 caps for Wales at under 21 level, has settled in nicely after Preston told him there was no future there and he says it’s a good group.

“I’ve been in squads where people don’t get on but these are a real good bunch of guys and that can stand you in good stead across a season,” he says.

His solid start may be considered even more noteworthy considering he didn’t have a pre-season and was having surgery for a double hernia on July 9.

“I was only a week into doing anything when I arrived at Rotherham so, in terms of fitness, there is plenty more still to come but I feel I’ve given everything on the pitch in terms of performance level,” he added.

He has come in alongside Ian Sharps - in effect, squeezing out Johnny Mullins as a result - and feels they have struck up an understanding.

“I’ve played against Ian in the past, I know what he’s about and he is a good communicator. It’s important to form an understanding with someone and you don’t get successive clean sheets away from home without good understanding at the back.”

The club have stressed that Saturday’s home game with Southend most definitely goes ahead after they were required to answer totally unfounded rumours that it may have to be postponed due to a rally in the town.

Former striker Carl Gilbert has had to pull out of tonight’s Nostalgia Society meeting due to his disabled son being taken to hospital in Folkestone. He has promised to come at a future date.

The meeting still goes ahead at the Green Dragon at Kimberworth (8.30) with Trevor Womble, a former colleague of Carl and who was intending to go anyway, invited to be the guest speaker.