Peter Odemwingie talks to www.themillers.co.uk...
Rotherham United's latest signing Peter Odemwingie says he will be using the international break to get himself as close as possible to his peak fitness levels.
The former West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City hot-shot has impressed in his two substitute appearances for the Millers, after becoming new boss Kenny Jackett's first signing at AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Odemwingie has been without a club before putting pen-to-paper on a deal until January, but despite his lack of first-team action he has impressed the staff with his high level of fitness.
Now the Nigerian international wants to use the break in the calendar to further enhance his fitness levels, targeting hitting close to his peak before the Sky Bet Championship returns with an away trip to Derby County.
"I am improving my fitness all the time," Odemwingie told www.themillers.co.uk
"In a way I didn't expect to be at the level I am now, as much as I wish I was at my peak fitness levels. There was going to be a drop because you just can't replicate the intensity of when you are training on a daily basis. I think I have done okay so far, I had my body fat taken this week and it was good, so I know that despite being out of the routine until recently, I am not far away getting back to the levels I want to be at.
"It is a case now of continuing to work hard. I will be working hard, as will the rest of the lads, through the international break with my personal aim to get close to where I need to be."
Odemwingie has enjoyed a glittering career to date which has seen him ply his trade in Russia, Belgium and France.
Now settled on English shores, he still harbours ambitions of playing again for his country as he looks to kick start his career again with the Millers.
The 35-year-old admitted he has revelled in the opportunity given to him by boss Jackett, and has enjoyed being part of the team which saw him make an immediate impact by grabbing an assist for the Millers' goal against Preston at the weekend.
"Every day has been really lively, I haven't had a dull day yet. I have really enjoyed my time here so far," added Odemwingie.
"It was a little box to tick (the assist for Richard Wood's goal) which was good.
"I think performances now will only get better, and we are remain optimistic that we can turn things around. There is no-one here with their head down, we are looking forward to the next game and trying to pick up some valuable points as we move towards Christmas."