Rotherham United 'keeper Adam Collin talks to www.themillers.co.uk...
One player who will need no introduction to Brunton Park is 'keeper Adam Collin, who is returning to his former stomping ground this weekend.
Since making the summer switch to South Yorkshire, Collin has endured mixed fortunes after playing second fiddle to Scott Shearer in the early part of the season before establishing himself as Rotherham's No.1 following a series of impressive performances between the sticks.
Speaking exclusively to www.themillers.co.uk, Collin admitted he is looking forward to returning to his hometown club for the first time in opposition colours.
"I came from Carlisle, where I was number one and played a lot of games, so it will be good to go back, as I've got a lot of friends there," he enthused.
"I've now played 20 games on the bounce for Rotherham so it's nice to get a run of games and I'll hopefully keep the shirt for the rest of the season."
The 29-year-old stopper cut his teeth with the Cumbrians after they plucked him out of non-league obscurity following his release from Newcastle United and after enjoying a successful four-year stint with Saturday's hosts, Collin revealed the clash was the first he looked out for when the fixtures were announced at the start of the season.
"It's a fixture I looked out for," he said.
"I kept a clean sheet against them earlier in the season at our place and I'll be looking to do the same again on Saturday."
The Millers go into the clash on a high following last-gasp home victories over Leyton Orient and Stevenage respectively but Collin believes the Cumbrian clash will be a stern test of Rotherham's promotion credentials.
"Carlisle are fighting for their lives and it's going to be really tough," he warned.
"It's tough for any team to go there, so we’ll have to battle hard there but the late goals we have scored recently shows the character we have.
"There's a good belief in the squad and it shows what we are doing is right at the moment."
Brunton Park will forever be fondly remembered amongst Millers' followers for being the setting whereby Rotherham booked their Wembley berth en-route to lifting the Football League Trophy in 1996 and Collin believes the current crop of Millers' stars are capable of achieving another memorable away day as they look to maintain the pressure on the League One pacesetters.
"It's the biggest squad I've ever been involved with," he added.
"There is big competition for places all over the pitch. It keeps lads on their toes and if you have a bad day at the office, you may not play the next game.
"There's a lot of games left so we have to consolidate our play-off position firstly but if we keep picking up points, we'll be challenging the top two."