Rotherham United: No suspense in the Hitchcock signing

Lee Frecklington prepares to take the penalty against Crewe with new man Tom Hitchcock, left.
Lee Frecklington prepares to take the penalty against Crewe with new man Tom Hitchcock, left.
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It only lasted half-an-hour but Tom Hitchcock had quite an impact on his debut for Rotherham United.

However, the young striker’s reaction to that debut indicated the sort of tough mentality he will bring during his loan spell with the Millers - he certainly isn’t along just for the ride.

Winning a penalty, providing an assist and having involvement in another goal add up to quite an entrance but Hitchcock had another issue when asked how he felt about it all.

“I’m a bit frustrated not to have started, to be honest,” said the 21-year-old on loan from QPR.

“But I was happy to get on and to have that sort of involvement and do something to help the team win.”

Inside a couple of minutes he won a penalty... “he clipped my heels and if you feel contact then you go down,” he said and then had to face up to questioning from Crewe players who had been his teammates only last month when he was on loan there.

“I gather Crewe were interested but when I had a choice, Rotherham was always the main one,” he said.

“They’re up there challenging and it’s an opportunity to come and play at the top of the division. I want to play as high as I can,” Hitchock, impressed by the New York Stadium, added.

“I got pulled (at QPR) on Thursday morning and it was an easy decision to come here because I want to play and it puts me in the shop window as well.”

He says he has different facets to his game - “I can run in behind, drop off and link up play, be clever, close people down, you have to be prepared to do lots,” he added.

Hitchcock could be pushing for a start for the next game at Shrewsbury on Saturday. However, the Millers will be without skipper Craig Morgan again after surgery on a toe injury and he will be out for a few weeks.

Rotherham target Nouha Dicko has joined League One rivals Wolves for an undisclosed fee but one believed to be substantial.

He scored six goals in six appearances for Rotherham including two in the 3-3 draw with Wolves on December 21.