RUFC - Lionel on his move to the Millers
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Rotherham United's latest signing, Lionel Ainsworth says he is excited with the move and the fact that he will be playing in the New York Stadium.
Speaking to MillersPlayer the twenty-four year old winger explained how he came to sign for the Millers, 'I was on my way to sign for a League One club and was stuck in traffic and I received a text from Steve Evans saying would you like to meet up and I thought why not. I had to think about it and I had a chat with my family and came up to speak to the manager. Rotherham is a massive club and we haven't had a lot over the years so the fans, the club and the players will get satisfaction when we get promoted. The team that we've got here, the Manager, the people upstairs, backroom staff, they all want the best.'
Saying he'd been around the New York Stadium, albeit in hard hat and working boots, the former Huddersfield Town player said, 'It was interesting. Seeing it not finished was amazing. We're at home for the first game of the season and it's going to be exciting with it hopefully full, the atmosphere is going to be incredible. You know, you want to play in a nice ground every other week and I'm really excited about it.
'Steve Evans is Steve Evans and he sold the club to me great. I've sat in the stands of a game and just watched him for ninety minutes and he's passionate about his job. That's what you want from a manager, someone who believes. He sat me down and had a word with me and I know previous players who have played under him who say he's a good manager. I've seen his ambition and what he's got.
'I also had a little chat to Sharpy (Ian Sharps). It's been a pleasure to play with him for the last two years and it's going to be a pleasure to play with him for the next two years. When I was having a tough time at Shrewsbury he put his arm around me which I appreciate and with him being here it will be a bit easier though I know a few of the lads here already so I'll hopefully settle in quickly.'
Asked what he will bring to Rotherham United, Lionel said, 'I've been watching the Euro's and I just want to get back to playing football. I can cross, I can score and I've got a few tricks for the right time in the right areas but pace is my main thing. I'm hoping to excite the crowd and hope they take to me like I'm going to take to them. I was actually a striker as a youngster but I love playing on the right but if there's every a void to be filled I can play up front or on the left and I also like setting up strikers.'