Chris Burke enjoying his first team chance...
New Rotherham United recruit Chris Burke insists there is enough quality amongst his new teammates to begin climbing the Sky Bet Championship table.
The 32-year-old midfielder, who joined on loan from Nottingham Forest, made his Millers’ bow against former club Cardiff City at the weekend, and believes he has already seen enough in the camp to suggest they can move away from the division's trap door.
“Now I’m here at Rotherham my main objective is to climb the table and stay out of the relegation zone and to be positive so that we’re in this division next season,” Burke said.
“You have to have belief in football and we believe that we can do that. We did it last year and there’s no reason we can’t do it this year. The team has a new manager and is stronger and has a bit more experience of playing in the Championship, so we would like to think we have a very good chance.”
Burke impressed on debut at the Cardiff City Stadium despite only training for the first time with the club the previous day.
After finding games hard to come by at his parent club he admitted that he is now relishing the opportunity of playing regular first team football with the Millers.
“The reason why Nottingham Forest have let me come here is so that I can play football, which I was very happy with and I appreciate that very much,” he added.
“It is a tough league and a relentless league. It’s non-stop and every game is so difficult. You have to work and give 100% until 95 minutes to get anything from a game, but I am thoroughly enjoying being back in the thick of it.”
Burke will be hoping to make his home debut this Saturday when the Millers take on Charlton Athletic at AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Tickets remain on sale now for the home fixture with Charlton, whilst the Red and White Shop are continuing with the New Year sale of 30% off all replica kit.