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READ | Ben adapting to life in South Yorkshire

13 February 2017

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New Rotherham United signing Ben Purrington says he has adapted quickly to life in South Yorkshire with the help of his new teammates, following his switch from Plymouth Argyle.

The 20-year-old left back traded life on the south coast for the AESSEAL New York Stadium in the January transfer window, joining the Millers for an undisclosed fee, but says the radical lifestyle change, which also saw a jump from League Two to the Championship, has not phased him.

“Obviously coming from Plymouth it’s a long way from home but the lads are really nice and they have helped me settle in well,” Purrington remarked.

“In some ways, I’m still getting to know them and remember everyone’s name. It is quite hard coming into a new environment and know 20 faces and names but it’s going really well so far.

“My main aim is to try and help the team win games. It’s not just about myself. I want to contribute to the team and make it stronger. I want to get up and down the pitch, but first and foremost defend and help the team not concede as many goals.”

Purrington has starred at left back in both games since his arrival, making his debut in front of the home supporters against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday and admits he has already noticed the quality of the second tier, despite being in the infancy of his Millers’ career.

“Technically, the Championship is a lot higher standard but you can see the quality in our team,” Purrington stressed.

“It will be difficult for us [to stay up] but stranger things have happened. If you get one or two wins then things would look a whole lot different and we need to stay positive.”

“The manager is trying to get everyone going again after recent results but all the players are looking to stay positive and there is little point dwelling too much on past results,” Purrington added.

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