Warne's pre-season optimism

By Paul Rickett | 02/08/2018

Warne's pre-season optimism

PAUL Warne has fired a message of optimism to fans ahead on the new season.

The Millers kick off at Brentford tomorrow, having been written off by the pundits before a ball has been kicked.

But Warne believes the newly-promoted New York Stadium side can rattle a few cages — and he won't settle for fourth from the bottom.

"I have noticed that in all the betting we are 24th but I like that, we'll use that as motivation for the lads," he said.

"Obviously the league is going to be tough and I've watched quite a few Championship games last season.

"There are players in every team that can hurt you at anyone time. Last year you could give the ball away in the final third but it would fizzle out to nothing, with a shot over the bar or something.

"In this league, as we learned last time, that isn't the case. Any sort of mistake is capitalised upon.

"But as a team we're in a good position. The lads definitely believe in what we're trying to do and even if we lost two, three or four games on the bounce they would go away from that spirit. 

"As romantic as it sounds, all we can do is try to be the best that we can be and if that is successful, then brilliant.

"And why aim from fourth from the bottom. We won't set ourselves a ceiling like that."

Warne will finalise his side for the Griffin Park trip this morning.

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