Rotherham United: Forward thinking from Millers new boy Joe Mattock

New Rotherham United signing Joe Mattock
New Rotherham United signing Joe Mattock

New signing Joe Mattock can’t wait to be let off the leash by Rotherham United next season.

The left-back has joined the Millers after leaving derby rivals Sheffield Wednesday and is relishing the chance to show his attacking prowess.

He was a regular in one of the Championship’s meanest defences last season, featuring 30 times for the Owls, but felt his play was curtailed by the tactics of then head coach Stuart Gray.

“Defending is the most important part of my game, but I like to get forward when I can,” he said. “I have an attacking frame of mind.

“Under Stuart, we played a 4-3-3 formation and he relied on the front three to do most of the attacking while the defenders stayed back more.”

Mattock says Millers boss Steve Evans has told him he wants to see him “getting up and down the line”.

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The 25-year-old heads off to Scotland today with the rest of the Millers squad, having featured in the club’s opening pre-season friendly, against Parkgate FC.

An injury kept him out of the games at Stocksbridge Park Steels and Alfreton Town, but he was seen working hard with fitness coach Paul Warne before the Town match on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, Kari Arnason hopes to see his former club flourish during their second year in the Championship next season.

Arnason, 32, left Rotherham after three seasons to join Swedish giants Malmo FF in the country of his birth, and he wished the Millers well as he departed these shores for a new challenge in Scandinavia.

“The Championship is a brilliant league to play in,” he said. “It was a tremendous outcome for the club to get there from League Two and a similar outcome for us to stay in it.

“It’s a tough division. It will be hard but I hope the club build on what’s been achieved. A lot will depend on the new signings.”