Rotherham United: Millers aim to follow Glovers example

Adam Collin, Rotherham United's new goalkeeper, can't prevent Michail Antonio's shot from hitting the back of the net.
Adam Collin, Rotherham United's new goalkeeper, can't prevent Michail Antonio's shot from hitting the back of the net.
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If Yeovil Town can reach the Championship, so can Rotherham United.

That is the opinion of new Millers goalkeeper Adam Collin.

The Glovers, on a shoe-string of a budget, upset the odds last season by defeating Sheffield United 2-1 over two legs in the League One play-off semi-finals before overcoming Brentford by the same scoreline in the showpiece final at Wembley.

Collin sees no reason why Rotherham can’t emulate Yeovil’s success.

“No disrespect to Yeovil, but they are quite a small club and they have got themselves into the Championship with a small squad and tight resources,” he told The Star. “That gives hope to everyone in the league.

“With the squad and set-up we’ve got at this club, hopefully we will have a successful season.”

Collin, who played 16 times for Carlisle last year, has warned Rotherham what to expect next term.

He said: “I have played in League One for four years and it is a tough division. It is a physical, competitive league. There are some big teams and quality footballers at that level. A lot of teams play quite direct but you’ve got sides such as MK Dons who are renowned for playing passing football.

“Consistency is the main thing. If we can consistently pick up points, we will be there or thereabouts. This club is very ambitious and we have got a strong squad. If we can make a few more signings, then we can do really well.”

It was less than a week ago Collin penned a two-year deal with the Millers, having been deemed surplus to requirements by Carlisle. The 28-year-old has admitted he came close to joining the club on loan in January.

“There were a couple of loan options in January and Rotherham showed an interest in me but it didn’t happen for one reason or another,” he said. “It didn’t come as too much of a surprise that Carlisle weren’t going to offer me a new contract. We struggled last year and on the financial side, the club are not in great shape. There is not a lot of money for the manager to play with there and I was one of the higher earners.

“Rotherham is a new start for me. This is an ambitious club who are on the up and everything is in place for them to keep moving forward.

“The set-up here is amazing with the training ground and stadium.”