Rotherham United midfielder Dan Barlaser reaffirmed the squad’s desire to continue the high standards that have been set right across the football club, following the departure of Paul Warne and his coaching staff to Derby County.
As the club’s search for a new manager continues, captain Richard Wood and fellow senior pro Lee Peltier have stepped up to take training sessions at Roundwood, with Head of Recruitment Rob Scott and Honorary Life President John Breckin stepping up in an advisory capacity.
The lads were back on the grass yesterday for the first time since the departure of the manager and his staff having been granted a long weekend following a congested fixture schedule prior to the international break.
“I think the rest was needed, the games have been coming thick and fast and they are about to do so once again, so to spend some days with the family over the weekend was really nice and we’re all back feeling refreshed and ready to go,” Barlaser told www.themillers.co.uk.
“Woody and Pelts are two highly respected players who have had fantastic careers. Everyone here thinks a lot of them both and we all want to do well for them.
“We have high standards here, which have been set by everyone at the football club and we all want to continue that."
“I can see both Woody and Pelts going into coaching when they hang up their boots anyway, so it is no surprise to see the quality of the sessions that they put on for us. It’s business as usual for us and we need to stick together.”
The Millers sit 8th in the Sky Bet Championship standing heading into Saturday’s clash with Wigan Athletic at AESSEAL New York Stadium, having lost just once in the league so far.
Barlaser has been one of the standout operators in the side so far, earning himself plaudits for his ability to dictate the tempo of the game from midfield.
The playmaker admits that he has enjoyed the role this season and heaped praise on his teammates for their role in his strong displays in the middle of the park.
“I’ve said before that when we’ve got a bit of pace up front it really helps me because I can play passes in behind, so I think that has really helped my game so far,” Barlaser explained.
“Of course, I’m only getting the space and time on the ball that I am at the moment because my teammates are creating it for me, so long may that continue.
“I’ve said that if we want to do well this season out form is crucial and hopefully we can continue in the same vein this weekend."