Rotherham United: Tavernier wants to stay put

James Tavernier is enjoying his loan spell with Rotherham.
James Tavernier is enjoying his loan spell with Rotherham.
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Full-back James Tavernier has confirmed he wants to remain at Rotherham United for the rest of the 2013/14 season and help fire the team to promotion, writes Dom Howson.

Like his teammate Haris Vuckic, the Bradford-born player, on loan from Newcastle United, is set to rejoin his parent club after the Millers trip to Tranmere Rovers next week.

But Tavernier, who has played nine times since joining Rotherham on a temporary basis at the end of November, is loving playing regular first-team football.

The 22-year-old, one of the scorers in last Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Shrewsbury Town last week, has told The Star: “Ideally, I would want to stay until the end of the season because I am enjoying my football. I know the team and the gaffer really well so it would be really good if I could help the team get promoted.

“On our day, we can beat anyone in this league so I don’t see why the team can’t get promoted this season.

Steve Evans, the Rotherham boss, says the League One club have held talks with Newcastle over extending Tavernier and Vuckic’s stays.

“The gaffer speaks a lot to Newcastle,” said Tavernier, who has made nine senior appearances for the Magpies. “I have got another season on my contract at Newcastle so we are going to see what happens.

“I let all the talking be done in the background. I am just trying to keep my head down and concentrate on my football.”

Tavernier is keen to repay the faith Evans has shown in him.

He said: “The manager tells you how it is which is really good because you don’t want someone who is going to lie to your face. He tells you if you are having a good or bad day which I really like.

“He has shown a lot of faith in me and that has really lifted my confidence.

“I have felt really good since coming here and feel my performances have been decent. The manager has trusted me to express myself.

“I am getting stronger and fitter with every game that I play. I feel as though I am becoming a better player.

“The fans are starting to see the best of me now. My aim is score and make more assists.”