Annerson ready to step up as players return to training

29 June 2011 09:55
The Millers return to pre-season training today and speaking in the Star, keeper Jamie Annerson says this is the biggest summer of his life. The former Sheffield United and England U19 stopper had a run in the first team by playing the last six games of the season under new boss Andy Scott and was happy to sign a new deal with the club at the start of the month. With Andy Warrington having been told he can leave if he is able to find a longer deal as he won't be offered fresh terms next year, Annerson is ready to grasp his opportunity. “This has to be the best pre-season of my life. It is a massive summer for myself. It is in my own hands as to what will happen. “Pre-season will be tough but I have to work as hard as I can every day and when the games come along, I have to make sure I am calm and perform well in the friendlies. I want to carry on and finish the way I did last season.” He added: “I was delighted with the six games I had at the end of the season - I didn’t want the year to end. “It was a big confidence booster for me that the manager played me, even when Warro had recovered from injury. “I have always been confident in my own ability, even in the times when I wasn’t playing last year. I know I am ready to be playing week in week out. When the chance did come along, I showed that I can handle it.” Annerson looked back to last year as a whole, adding further: “The majority of the season was really frustrating for me again. I had to be patient because Andy was in fine form so I didn’t get many opportunities to show what I can do. “I was happy to get the cup games and build up a bit of confidence in those matches. I just concentrated on training hard and doing well in the reserve games. I had to wait for my chance to come but I think I took it. “Now I’m looking forward to getting back and working hard in pre-season. I can only do my best and the rest is down to who the manager picks.”