Goalkeeper Lewis Price has the full confidence of boss Paul Warne as he prepares to make his Rotherham first-team return this weekend.
With number one Marek Rodak away on international duty with Slovakia Under-21s, Price will step up to make his first league appearance for the Millers at Southend since his infamous outing at Wigan last season.
Price inexplicably jumped on the back of Nick Powell after an altercation in added time of Rotherham’s Championship game at the DW Stadium last April, with Powell going on to score from the resulting free-kick and stealing a 3-2 win.
The stopper did not feature again in the remainder of the Millers’ Championship stay and came close to leaving the club in the summer transfer window.
The arrival of Rodak and injury problems restricted Price’s chances further and his only outing this season was the 3-0 Checkatrade Trophy win at Bradford in November.
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The 33-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, will get his chance against the Shrimpers on Saturday and Warne is expecting a trouble-free afternoon.
“I am happy with Pricey, I have always liked him,” the boss said. “Every time he has come into the team he has done well, so I have got no issue with that at all.
“For shot-stopping he is probably the most outstanding keeper we have got.
“He has been patiently training all season and waiting for his chance and he gets it, so good luck to him.”
Rodak’s absence means his run of 19 successive appearances for the Millers, stretching back to November, will end.