Rotherham United: New Millers loan boy Odjidja-Ofoe could look beyond a month

Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe
Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe
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He’s here for only four games, but new loan signing Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe says he would consider extending his stay at Rotherham United.

The Norwich City midfielder, who is with the Millers for a month, is set to make his debut in today’s Championship clash at Charlton Athletic.

Tony Andreu, left

Tony Andreu, left

And if everything goes well he could be open to a longer spell at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

“The manager at Norwich has told me that initially it’s for one month,” he said. “Maybe if it’s good and a success we will see after that.

“I am trying to do my best now and show the people of Rotherham that I can bring them something. Then, in the future, we will see.”

The Belgian international is highly rated in his homeland and agreed to join Steve Evans’ side to get game-time after a Canaries season marred by injury last year.

“This season I did the full preparation and everything was very well. I was playing good,” he said. “Now if I was on the bench all the time with Norwich I would lose the benefit that I had from the good preparation. Hopefully I can help the team with my ability.”

Odjidja-Ofoe played for Hamburg and FC Brugge before moving to England and has six senior caps for Belgium.

“I am a strong player, physically strong,” he said, “I hope to have some impact in the midfield. I think I can read the game well - I have good vision - so hopefully I can set up the strikers to score a goal or make it easier for them to score.

“I think I work hard for the team, even in defensive aspects. That’s one of my jobs too, and I’m fully aware of that. In difficult times, everyone has to try to get back and defend as best they can. Then, when the game opens up a bit, with my vision, I can help the team.”

Odjidja-Ofoe joined the Millers on transfer dealine day along with fellow Norwich loan midfielder Tony Andreu and former Bournemouth goalkeeper Lee Camp, and all three are expected to feature at The Valley.

“I’m very excited. I have had to wait a long time because I came last week (September 1) at the start of the international break,” he said.

“It’s quite a while, but it’s good for us that we had time to adapt. We cannot wait to get started.”

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The 26-year-old knew what he was letting himself in for by coming to Rotherham, having been part of the Norwich squads which played at New York in the Championship last season and in the Capital One Cup last month.

“The manager, he’s a character,” he said. “I met him last season when we played Rotherham. He was shouting down the line, and that’s how I got to know him.

“He’s very passionate about his football and his team. You can only encourage that. He’s very outspoken and makes you feel welcome. We’re glad we have a manager like that. If you do something good, he will praise you. If you do something bad, he will also tell you. That’s a good thing. You know where you stand and what you have to do.”

Meanwhile, Evans remains the bookmakers’ favourite for the vacant hot-seat at Peterborough, although Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony, a close friend of the Rotherham boss, appeared to rule out making a move for him on his Twitter page.