Vadis Odjidja and Tony Andreu may be helping each other settle into life at Rotherham United, but the on-loan midfield duo are happy to scrap for a starting role with the Millers.
The pair arrived from Norwich City before the transfer deadline and have been roomed at the same hotel.
But while they have been socialising together, on the field they are battling for a spot in manager Steve Evans’s midfield.
Odjidja, a 26-year-old Belgium international, and Frenchman Andreu, 27, have been forced to wait for their debuts, but will hope to get the nod today at Charlton.
“After the training, when there’s down-time, we go to the city to have something to eat and spend time there a little bit,” said Odjidja. “Always alone in the hotel room is not good.
“It helps that Tony came with me. We are here together. The team made us feel very welcome.
“There were two of us trying to find out what to do and how to adapt to the dressing room, so that obviously helped.
“He’s got to do the best for himself. We’re both fighting, we’re both midfielders. The places in the squad are not cheap. We came here as friends, but obviously we have to fight everybody for our position.”
Odjidja was aware of the passionate nature of Millers’ chief Evans before joining, and welcomes his no-nonsense approach.
“He’s a character,” said Odjidja. “I met him last season when we played Rotherham. He was shouting down the line, and that’s how I got to know him.
“He’s a lovely man and he’s very passionate about his football and his team. You can only encourage that.
“Some managers are maybe a little bit focused on the job and they don’t talk a lot. But he’s very outspoken and makes you feel welcome.
“We’re glad we have a manager like that. If you do something good, he will praise you. If you do something bad, he will also tell you. That’s a good thing. You know where you stand and what you have to do.”
Having signed a month’s loan, Odjidja is desperate to start playing after a blank Saturday last week due to the international break.
He said: “I’m very excited. I have had to wait a long time because I came last week at the start of the international break.
“It’s quite a time.
“But it’s good for us that we can adapt.
“We cannot wait to get started on Saturday.”