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Interview: Rotherham United midfielder Will Vaulks

TFF’s George Sanders spoke exclusively to Rotherham United midfielder Will Vaulks who revealed his thoughts on Millers manager Paul Warne, former boss Alan Stubbs and how he thought this season would transpire for the Yorkshire club.

“Yes!” Vaulks was confident on the chances of promotion for Rotherham United this season. “I think the minimum is play-offs, that’s where we want to be and then hopefully we can push the teams above us all the way” he contended.

The Millers are currently fourth in League One and up until recently losing a trio of games, went on an emphatic 14 game unbeaten run that propelled them up the league standings.
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Vaulks explained how the players were ready to make amends for the previous season: “Last season, I enjoyed it playing in the Championship playing at some amazing places, but I’m a winner really and getting beat every week was tough. I felt like I owed a bit to the club and the fans as well so it’s nice to be giving a bit back.”

Rotherham had a woeful campaign in the Championship last season and finished rock-bottom with a lowly tally of just 23 points. Former Millers boss Alan Stubbs took the helm at Rotherham at the start of that season, but Vaulks explained how the Lancashire-born manager wasn’t fully to blame for the team’s failings:

“I think he probably struggled a bit because we didn’t have the players at the time” Vaulks stated. “He had to bring players in quickly. I think when I signed I think there was only eight or ten signed players, so it was a big overhaul.”

“The Championship’s tough, I don’t know exactly why it didn’t work out. It’s the players as well it’s not just him.”

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The former Falkirk midfielder explained how “consistency in the team has helped” when brining about positive results this season. “It’s amazing what a bit of confidence can do and momentum. I think keeping the same team, it definitely helps if you can do it and obviously we have to keep winning to stay in the team because there’s good players waiting to play” he added.

Vaulks has cemented himself in to Rotherham manager Paul Warne’s starting eleven. The versatile midfielder revealed what Warne was like to work under:

“He’s different to any other manager I’ve worked with” remarked Vaulks. “He’s extremely honest and a really good bloke. He doesn’t play games, a lot of managers do certain things… I think if you’re in the team you like him and if you’re out the team, you also like him! That’s quite rare really because if you’re out the team, you tend to dislike the manager!” he chuckled.

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The 24 year-old believed that playing for Rotherham had “improved” him as a player due to it being a “step-up” from his previous employers. He explained how last season’s tough campaign actually helped him get better: “It’s definitely taught me a lot last year getting beat like that, It’s something I’ve never experienced before for a full season. So I think it’s been, hopefully positive and this year needs to end on a high really!”

And what was Vaulk’s favourite thing about being a professional footballer?

“A match day!” he exclaimed.

“I think you can’t beat, from now onwards being a Friday the feeling knowing that you’re starting tomorrow and you’ve got a big game. Coming out of that tunnel with the adrenaline and hearing the fans, match day has to be the best thing!

The Millers host fellow play-off hopefuls Peterborough United on Friday, 3pm KO.
Watch the Interview with Vaulks and a Millers supporter below:

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