Smallwood eyeing Millers impact

Last Updated: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:17
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New signing Richie Smallwood wants to help Rotherham win promotion.

The 23-year-old Middlesbrough midfielder joined the Millers on loan until the end of the season, becoming the fifth signing of the January transfer window.

He arrives at New York with the team sixth in League One and with realistic hopes of a promotion push in the second half of the campaign.

And that was what tempted him to the South Yorkshire club, despite interest from a Championship club, reported to be Yeovil.

"The manager here really wanted me here so I decided this was the place to come," Smallwood told Millers Player.

"I am excited to get going, hopefully I can get some games and help the team get to where they want to be which is winnning promotion.

"The short-term aim is to get games and then the long-term aim will look after itself.

"I am not sure whether it could be turned into a longer deal, I'll just do the talking on the pitch."

Smallwood's arrivals means Steve Evans has an embarrassment of riches in the central midfield area as the Boro man will battle it out with Lee Frecklington, Rob Milsom and Michael O'Connor for a spot in the team.

Competition for places is as hot as ever across the whole pitch and Evans has no qualms about leaving players out.

"As a manager I have always been charged with winning games and you have to take emotion out of it," the Scot said.

"That is always hard, but one thing the players get with me is that I pick the team very honestly and with no consideration of feelings.

"Therefore it is about what they do on the training ground and more importantly when the games come around."

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