Joe Skarz continues to impress at Rotherham United

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For some players, making the step up in division can be a tough and challenging ordeal.

That is not the case for one player though, as it seems the ever-dependable Rotherham United left-back Joe Skarz has taken to the Championship like a duck to water.

Rapid rise

The former Shakers left back joined the Millers on loan from Bury at the end of the 2012/13 season - a campaign which saw Rotherham clinch promotion from League Two to League One.

Ever since then, Skarz has been a key member of Steve Evans' starting eleven, barely missing a game. He has started all of the team's Championship fixtures so far this season.

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Even with the signing of the experienced Crawley Town left back Mat Sadler at the start of the Championship campaign, Skarz proved himself to be the man for the choice with solid performances right from the first competitive league game against Derby County. His willingness to never back out of challenges is a key attribute, and one which is of course crucial for any full back.

Not only is he proficient in defensive areas but he is also reliable when it comes to attack. Skarz is always there to help Millers favourite Ben Pringle should he need the support on the wing. Not only to hold off defenders and retain possession, which he seems to make look easy, but to get crosses into danger areas which, mostly, are successful.

First choice full-back

This versatility to play box-to-box brings another dimension to the Millers game and has helped further solidify his place as Evans' first choice in the starting eleven.

Most importantly, moving up a division has not changed Skarz's way of playing. He still shows his ability and willingness to challenge and regain control of the ball like he did in League One.

This dependency and consistency enables you to see how he can match the ability of other established players of his position in the Championship. Hopefully his dependability and enthusiasm will help drive Rotherham to a successful first season back in the Championship.

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