Ball looking to make up for lost season

Last updated : 02 August 2017 By Millersmad

The 22 year old defender, found himself on load at Peterborough, but that was cut short after a fall out between the player and manager, effectively cutting his season short as Ball was unable to play for the Millers on his return due to the terms of his loan deal.

Ball speaks to and looks to resurrect his Millers career; "I think I was definitely playing catch up, Last season wasn't great for me with what happened, but that has really motivated me to do well this season. I am just going to keep my head down, work extremely hard and that's all I can do to be honest."

"Pre-season has been really good. The Gaffer said that before we left for Austria it was obviously not a holiday, it was going to be a training camp. Everyone knew what to expect, so all the lads just embraced it. No-one slacked off, all the lads gave it their all and we all look forward to the longer term benefits. There were no major injuries, you can already see some of the benefits, and all the lads look fitter and sharper for the experience."

This summer was his first full pre-season with the Millers, as he was signed from Tottenham Hotspur just before the season started by former manager Alan Stubbs.

"It was important for me, and for the others who haven't, to experience a Rotherham United pre-season, The team spirit is excellent; we have a good tight knit group already forming here. The main benefit is having nearly all the squad in place during the time in Austria because that gives us all the opportunity to really buy into the training methods and the tactics of the manager and his staff, and that's what we have done."

Ball spoke of his stint with Peterborough and said it will come in usefull for this seasons League 1 campaign.

"It was obviously good to have some of those games in League One last season with Peterborough, We played against some of the top sides like Sheffield United, and it was good to see the way the league is. I would say whilst it is very early days, from what I have seen during pre-season, we have a really good chance of kicking on in what is a highly competitive league."