Rotherham United: Strong Claude passes on tips to new boy

Claude Davis is expected to be a key performer for Rotherham next season.
Claude Davis is expected to be a key performer for Rotherham next season.
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Claude Davis is not a man to be messed with.

The vastly-experienced Jamaican international starred at the heart of Rotherham United’s defence towards the end of last season as Steve Evans’ side sealed promotion to the third-tier of English football.

Formidable in the air and strong in the tackle, the 34-year-old centre-half is expected to be a key performer for the Millers when they travel to Crewe Alexandra for their League One curtain-raiser on August 3.

Right-back Richard Brindley, one of half a dozen players to join Rotherham over the summer, has told The Star: “I remember when I was at Chelmsford last season and we played against Crawley Town in the FA Cup and Claude was in their team. He is not someone you would want to get on the wrong side of! It is a relief to have Claude on my side now. He is an absolute beast.”

Brindley is acutely aware he needs to improve all aspects of his game and is keen to learn off Davis.

He said: “People such as Claude, Kari Arnason and Craig Morgan have played at international level. We have got a lot of players who have Championship experience. There are many players I can look up to here and who will help me develop as a footballer on and off the pitch.”

Evans swooped to sign Brindley in May, beating off competition from an unnamed Championship club to land the 20-year-old.

He said: “I could have gone to the Championship but I thought I may not play as many games as I would like to. When I spoke to Steve [Evans], I felt that he was the type of manager who could bring the best out of me.”

Rotherham will hold their first ever open day at the New York Stadium on Sunday July 21. Evans side will conduct an open training session on the pitch and afterwards will sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans. Guided tours of the ground will also be available throughout the day.