Sunderland striker Will Grigg's verdict on loan form and international ambitions
Sunderland loanee striker Will Grigg is determined to use the international break to increase his fitness in order to help improve his goal tally.
The Northern Ireland striker is on loan at Rotherham, where he has scored three goals in eight appearances for the Millers in all competitions.
After a slow start for his new club, Grigg has scored in their last two League One games, but is happy to work on fitness during the enforced break, having not been included in Ian Baraclough's squad.
“I’m happy with my form. I came here to score goals and contribute to the team and so far I feel like I have done that, so I’m pleased,” Grigg told Rotherham's website.
“The management team told me that the team would create chances for me to score and they have done that. I’m delighted with how it is going.
“I think of course, with the form we are in as a team and myself personally, you always want the games to be coming thick and fast but we can definitely use the break to our advantage.
“For myself, it gives me the opportunity to fine tune my own fitness, as I’ve come here without a pre-season and been playing catch-up a little on that front.
“We’ll be putting the minutes in on the training pitch and working on a few things and hopefully we can come back and pick up where we left off.”
Grigg continues to have international ambitions, of course, and knows hitting a rich vein of goal form while on loan will help propel him back into the Northern Ireland squad.
“It’s always a huge honour to represent my country and obviously it is something I would still like to do If given the opportunity,” he added.
“Since the new manager came in I’ve been out of the picture and all I can do is continue to score goals and try and impress.
“Right now, my main focus is on helping Rotherham and if I can play myself in into contention for my country in the process, then great."