What was Richie Towell keen to avoid on his Rotherham return?

Joining a club for the second time can have its perks.

You know most of the people there, you probably have most of the fans onside already and you’ll have an area of the dressing room that you like to sit in.

And for Richie Towell, who rejoined the Millers on a second successive season-long loan on deadline day, it meant he also got away with having to sing the dreaded initiation song.

The Irishman was handed that task following his first arrival last year and was not keen to repeat it this time, even if his team-mates tried to make him.

“I didn’t have to do it again this year,” the midfielder revealed.

“A few of the lads were trying to get me to do one on the trip to Wigan but me and Marek (Rodak) stood strong, we did it last year and didn’t feel the need to again.

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“I did Stand By Me and I don’t think it went down too well, none of the lads helped me out so I am glad I didn’t have to do it again.”

Towell arrived the day before the 1-0 defeat at Wigan, where he was an unused substitute.

The 27-year-old wanted to start at the DW Stadium and is raring to go.

“I am ready to start now, I wanted to start against Wigan, that’s just me,” he added.

“I love football, I train really hard and I look after my body and I think I am really good professional.

” I always feel like I am ready to play. I am ready to go and hopefully the gaffer can see that over the next few days and put me in.”

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