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Home is where the heart is for Frazer

24 September 2014

Frazer Richardson recently spoke to Millers Matchday...

HOME is where the heart is, according to Wickersley-born Frazer Richardson as he lines up for his home town club in their Championship adventure. 

The experienced full-back has played the majority of his career in the higher echelons of the English game with the likes of Leeds United and Middlesbrough but after a distinguished playing career at the top level, Richardson admitted he was delighted to have the opportunity to return to his roots.

"Obviously being a Rotherham lad, I'm delighted to be here," he enthused.

"It's great to be back and I'm very settled here already."

Richardson has endured a frustrating start to his Millers career as he suffered a foot injury in the final stages of pre-season which ruled him out of the opening five league games.

However, the international break gave Richardson an opportunity to return to full fitness and he made his competitive debut for Steve Evans' men during their hard-fought draw at Bournemouth, where he played the full 90 minutes with the Millers' chief paying tribute to the right-back in the post-match briefings for his seamless return to Championship action.

Speaking exclusively to Millers Matchday recently, Richardson revealed his delight at donning the Millers' colours for the first time competitively. 

"It's been very frustrating for me," Richardson admitted.

"When you sign for a new club, you want to at least start the season but it was disappointing to get injured in the week leading to the first game.

"These things happen and injuries are part and parcel of the game. I've worked very hard with the backroom staff, who have been brilliant with me.

"It's obviously nice to get back in the fray after being out for six weeks and start playing games." 

Richardson was one of a number of proven Championship performers that Millers' chief Evans brought to the club to supplement the back-to-back promotion winning squad.

The likable Yorkshireman is sure to give the Millers a steadying influence on the flanks as he is from the mould of defending first and foremost although he is not scared of venturing forward on occasions.

After plying his trade in England's second tier for the majority of his career, the 5ft 9' defender is well-positioned to give his take on what the Millers will face as they embark on their first Championship season for nine years.

"It's very fast-paced and every game is flat out," he revealed.

"The games come thick and fast and they are not many breaks as you tend to play Saturday then Tuesday.

"Recovery is important and the question is can you come again and repeat good performances week-in, week-out."

During his spell on the sidelines, Richardson has seen first-hand the qualities of his new side and he has no doubt they can adapt successfully to the demands of Championship football.

"The lads have got a great attitude and they are all very down-to-earth," he added.

"They all work very hard for the cause and I'm sure we are capable of doing something this season.

"My main aim is to stay fit first and foremost. I would like a run of games and help the team push on and I really believe we can do very well."

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