Rotherham United midfielder Jamie Lindsay is optimistic for the future, after putting pen-to-paper on a new two year deal, which will keep him at AESSEAL New York Stadium until the summer of 2024.
The Scottish midfielder – signed from Ross County ahead of the 2019/20 campaign – believes it is an exciting time to be with the Millers and, having helped them win promotion to the Championship last term, is looking forward to another opportunity in the second tier.
“I’m delighted to extend my stay,” Lindsay told www.themillers.co.uk.
“I’ve been here for three seasons and had two promotions, a cup win at Wembley and a year in the Championship. I’m pleased to get it sorted and I’m now looking forward to the new season.
“I’m really close to everybody, I love the club, as well as all the boys and the staff, I’ve got a great relationship with everybody, it's a really tight group."
“The Gaffer and all the coaching staff have helped me since I came in, it’s an exciting time to be at the football club.”
“Obviously it’s nice. I’ve got two young boys, one at school and the other at nursery, so my family is settled in the area. I knew fairly on at the end of the season that it was going to happen and obviously, I’m thrilled to get it sorted.”
The 26-year-old started the 2021/22 campaign brightly, but was to spend some time on the sidelines following an unfortunate injury.
The form of the likes of Ollie Rathbone, Dan Barlaser and Ben Wiles in the middle of the park made it tough for the Scot to win his place back, by his own admission.
Now with his future sorted out, he is hoping to play a key part in the Millers’ latest Championship tilt.
“Last season was probably the hardest I had on a personal level. I think I started really well, but picked up an injury, which meant I had to come out of the team.
“In fairness to the boys they were on an unbelievable run and playing extremely well, so it was very hard to get back in. At the end of the day, results are the most important thing, whoever has the shirt and we were obviously really successful.
“Hopefully this time, back in the Championship again, I can play a huge part. Of course, I want to play in the Championship again and it’s exciting to get the opportunity to do that."
“We’re not going into the league to try and make up the numbers. We know how the disappointment felt last time and we want to give ourselves the best possible chance of achieving our aims.”
Having spent three seasons in this corner of South Yorkshire, Lindsay knows just how important pre-season can be for laying the foundations for the campaign, especially with the all action high-pressing style deployed by the Millers under Paul Warne.
“I think – especially with the way we want to play – pre-season is massive for us,” Lindsay stressed.
“We want to be fit and I know the pre-season programmes have really helped me in the past and I know that I’ll feel the benefits again.
“Last season was a tough one, both physically and mentally, so it has been nice to get a bit of time off to recharge the batteries before pre-season, I’m going to ensure that I’m in the best possible condition to go into that now.”