JAMIE Lindsay is determined to put a season of frustration behind him by helping Rotherham United establish themselves in the Championship.
The Millers clinched promotion from League One and won the Papa John's Trophy Final last term but the midfielder found it tough going on the bench following a hamstring tear that sidelined him for two months before Christmas.
He plans to make up for that disappointment as Paul Warne's men look to gain a foothold in the second tier after three previous failed attempts in the last five years.
The Scot, who last week signed a new two-year deal to end Portsmouth's hopes of luring him away from AESSEAL New York Stadium, was one of the stand-out performers the last time Rotherham were a Championship side, in the 2020/21 campaign
He said: “We're not going into a higher division just to make up the numbers. Hopefully I can play a huge part next season,” he said. “It's an exciting opportunity.
“Last season was probably the hardest I've 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 when I recovered. At the end of the day, results are the most important thing, whoever has the shirt.”
After a successful time in South Yorkshire following his 2019 move south of the border from Ross County, Lindsay is delighted to have committed his future to the Millers.
Portsmouth were ready to firm up their interest in him after making advances in his direction during the January transfer window but his heart was always set on staying at New York.
“I've had two promotions, a cup win at Wembley and a year in the Championship,” he said. “I'm pleased to get the contract sorted and now I'm 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.
“I've got two young boys, one at school and the other at nursery. My family is settled in the area.”
The Rotherham players report back for training later this month and Lindsay is ready for the gruelling regime manager Warne and the coaches will subject them to.
“With the way we want to play, pre-season is massive for us,” the 26-year-old said.
“We want to be fit. The pre-season programmes have really helped me in the past and I know that I'll feel the benefits again.”