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Gaffer pays tribute to Den's 700

31 October 2013

Physio reaches seventh century in the dugout...

Rotherham United Manager Steve Evans has paid tribute to physio Denis Circuit who will bring up 700 games in the dugout when he picks up his medical bag this Saturday.

Denis, who has enjoyed two spells with the Millers, either side of a successful time at Sheffield United under Dave Bassett and Howard Kendall brings up the milestone with the game against Colchester United, on what will prove to be a special day for the man with the magic sponge.

The long-serving physio will feature on the front cover of Millers Matchday, and inside will be the story of his time in the dugout, with everything from the highs of promotions, to the horrific incident with Stephen Brogan and his many encounters with former favourite Chris Swailes.

However, current Millers boss Steve Evans has paid tribute to his Head of Medical ahead of this milestone encounter.

“He has been absolutely awesome for me and the management team since I walked through the door,” Steve Evans told Millers Player. “He’s there on a bad day for me, he’s the first to tell me to get up and fight and his rehabilitation work with the players is excellent. He’s like the father figure of the whole group. His contacts in his trade are unrivalled when it comes to operations and his medical knowledge is first class. We love him and he means a lot to us, and I’d say I take more from him than anyone else at the football club barring the Chairman.”

It may be 700 not out for Denis, but chances of reaching 800 in the dugout appear to be over, as he has announced that after seeing the Millers promoted in New York Stadium last season, it’s finally time to hang up his medical bag.

“After 30 years of working six or seven days a week I just felt it was time to finish, to give me time to do other things in life,” Denis revealed.

“Everybody tells me that I am going to miss it, well I know I am but there comes a time when you have to call it a day. I could have retired before now but I said to myself just one more year, but if you are not careful four or five years pass by and you miss opportunities to do other things. I know I will miss it but I feel that this is the time to bow out.”

Make sure you pick up your copy of Millers Matchday this Saturday to read all about his glittering career on the sidelines and stay tuned to Millers Player to hear what close friend and colleague Paul Warne has to say about one of his finest moments. 


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