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If I keep performing, the fans will keep singing

Smallwood delighted to hear the fans chant hi

9 September 2017

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Richie Smallwood hopes to keep hearing the fans chanting his name because he knows it means he is doing well.

The summer signing from Rotherham has been an immediate favourite amongst the Rovers fans thanks to his hard-working displays in the centre of the park.

The midfielder admits it is something new to have his name cheered by the supporters, but he's delighted to hear them and knows he has to keep performing for the chants to continue.

“It’s really pleasing," said the 26-year-old. "I’ve never really had a song before, especially one that catchy!

“I’m pleased with it, but obviously they wouldn’t be singing it if I wasn’t really performing - that’s how I look at it.

"I think I heard it during the first game but I didn't quite know if it was for me really.

"At Bradford it was loud and clear pretty much all game. It gave me an extra bit of bite to try and do well to let them keep singing it really, I was happy with that.

"The kids have been to the games a few times and they were at the Bradford game. They were signing it, so it got in my head as well and I ended up signing it.

"It is nice when you have a song, it makes you a bit more comfortable with the fans and makes you feel at home a little bit more.

"But they'll stop singing it if I stop performing, so I've got to try and keep performing."

Smallwood and Rovers are back in action this Saturday afternoon when they travel to take on Rochdale.

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