Rotherham United: Joe Mattock goes on attack for Millers

Millers left-back Joe Mattock

Millers left-back Joe Mattock

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Defender Joe Mattock began life as a winger ... so he’s delighted to have joined a club renowned for their attacking intentions in Rotherham United.

The left-back signed a two-year at AESSEAL New York Stadium last week after leaving derby rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

And he revealed that manager Steve Evans has already given him licence to go forward.

“The Gaffer has told me ‘I want you to get up that line’,” Mattock said.

“I like to get up the wing and cross the ball. I started as a winger and have an attacking frame of mind.”

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But Mattock, who has spent nearly all his career in the Championship and played 30 games for the Owls last season in one of the division’s meanest defences, is well aware what his main priority is,

“My main objective is to defend,” the 25-year-old said, “I don’t think I always appreciated that when I was younger, but I’m older and wiser now. I’ve learned to defend. You do that first and then look to get forward afterwards.

“The Gaffer wants me doing both so I’m going to have to make sure my fitness is really good!

“I like defending. I enjoying getting up and heading the ball. Rotherham’s style of play appeals to me. They like to pass the ball, and that’s what I have always looked to do.

“They’re an upcoming club and play good football.”

Meanwhile, chairman Tony Stewart still wants to extend New York’s 12,000 capacity during next season, but is waiting for more costings from the club’s architect before making a final decision.

Ben Pringle makes a quick return to New York after signing a two-year deal with Fulham.

The former Millers midfielder will be back wiith the Cottagers for a Championship clash on August 29.

Another ex-Millers midfielder, Michael O’Connor, has agreed a new deal with League One Port Vale. He played 47 games for Vale last season, scoring seven goals, and was voted the club’s Player of the Year.