Evans happy to go for a Burton

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Rotherham United take on Burton in their first league match at the New York Stadium

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Rotherham United take on Burton in their first league match at the New York Stadium

Rotherham manager Steve Evans cannot wait for the competitive action to get underway at New York Stadium.

The Millers return home after four years in Sheffield, taking up residence in the brand new 12,000-seater arena and after pre-season friendlies against Barnsley, Doncaster, Hearts and Sheffield United, the real action begins on Saturday with the visit of Burton in npower League Two.

And Evans is relishing the prospect, but has warned against allowing the Brewers to become party poopers.

"I was with some other Football League managers the other day and they were saying this is the big match of the day," he said. "The club is coming home, pre-season is okay and we have had some great clubs coming to visit but everyone wants the competitive action to start.

"It is notorious in football that a new ground opens and someone turns up and steals the show, but we have got some big-game players and we have a number of players who can comfortably play in front of that crowd. But they have to go out and perform.

"Three points in August is just as important as three points in the run-in."

Meanwhile, Evans has confirmed the club have received interest in midfielder Kari Arnason.

The 29-year-old, who played 90 minutes for Iceland in midweek, only joined the club in the summer from Aberdeen. But his pedigree and pre-season performances have attracted enquiries from unnamed clubs before the curtain has even raised on the npower League Two season.

"Kari Arnason has been nothing short of outstanding in pre-season and that is why the club have already been subject to calls on him," Evans said. "But unless it is right for us then no one will be leaving this football club.

"I think the interest will grow. He can certainly play at the top of the Championship."

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