Andre Green, the attacker who scored *that* goal, on his fresh start with Rotherham United

“OF course I did! I'm a striker so when I'm in the box I'm going to shoot.”
Andre Green celebrates after his wonder-goal for Rotherham United against Sheffield United in a pre-season friendly against Sheffield United at AESSEAL New York Stadium. Picture: Kerrie BeddowsAndre Green celebrates after his wonder-goal for Rotherham United against Sheffield United in a pre-season friendly against Sheffield United at AESSEAL New York Stadium. Picture: Kerrie Beddows
Andre Green celebrates after his wonder-goal for Rotherham United against Sheffield United in a pre-season friendly against Sheffield United at AESSEAL New York Stadium. Picture: Kerrie Beddows

Seven weeks on, that strike against Sheffield United is still up for debate.

Rotherham United new boy Andre Green is talking about whether he'd intended the wonder-goal with which he'd introduced himself to AESSEAL New York Stadium.

July's friendly against the Millers' derby rivals was 11 minutes old when the attacker, in the second of his two trial outings, produced a scorpion kick from an impossible angle by the South Stand.

Not quite impossible, as it turned out. The spectacular effort went spinning over the head of Blades shot-stopper Wes Foderingham and ended up in the far corner of the net to give Green his second strike in two trial games.

“There's going to be a few people saying I didn't mean it,” he grinned. “But I haven't looked over my shoulder to cross the ball.”

The Millers duly gave him a two-year deal and the Solihull-born 25-year-old is establishing himself as a first-team regular in the Championship now that the action has begun for real.

The forward has started the last four matches and should take that total to five when Rotherham head to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

He's settling in well and pleased to be back in England after spending two years in Slovakia with Sloven Bratislava for whom he impressed in the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League and won a league title.

“The boys are great,” said the former Aston Villa prospect. “They're a great bunch to be integrated with. I'm excited to see how far we can go.”

His career on home soil stuttered after a bright start to his time with Villa in the Premier League. Yet there's no doubting his skill and pace of the winger turned frontman who has returned from his stint on the continent a stronger character and more committed footballer.

“It was hard over there without my family,” he said. “It was just me and my girlfriend. I was playing well, but you've got to learn how to deal with things off the pitch. Mentally, I've completely shifted. I'm hungry, I'm ready to score goals.”