Rotherham United: Frazer Richardson ready to build on survival season

Frazer Richardson in action at Stocksbridge
Frazer Richardson in action at Stocksbridge

Defender Frazer Richardson has backed boss Steve Evans in his mission to establish Rotherham United as a midtable Championship team.

The Millers stayed up by five points in their first campaign in the second tier under Evans last season, despite a three-point Football League deduction.

Frazer Richardson plays against Bournemouth last season

Frazer Richardson plays against Bournemouth last season

And Richardson believes the experience of the survival season, allied with nine summer signings so far, will help the Rotherham boss achieve his target.

“After back-to-back promotions, there was always going to be a season of wanting to stay in the Championship,” the right-back said.

“We’ve done that, and that gives the the club a great platform to build on.

“I think the Gaffer’s aim of ‘midtable looking up’ is massively realistic.

“Midtable looking higher ... yeah, I think that’s a strong possibility.”

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Richardson ended last season with a calf injury and delayed his holiday by a fortnight to receive treatment at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

He has featured in all three of the Millers’ pre-season friendlies, at Parkgate FC, Stocksbridge Park Steels and Alfreton Town.

His rival for the right-back berth, Lewis Buxton, signed after leaving Sheffield Wednesday, has been nursing an injury and has yet to make his Rotherham debut.

Looking forward to August 8 opening day, the 32-year-old added: “We need to try to get off to a good start and think positively.

“As a player, obviously, you always want to finish as high as possible.”

The Millers begin their league campaign at home newly-promoted MK Dons before a trip to Nottingham Forest.