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Barker delighted to see duo sign professional deals

14 March 2016

Barker delight at professional deals for Tom Rose and Fabian Bailey...

Rotherham United Academy manager Garreth Barker admits he was delighted to see young duo Tom Rose and Fabian Bailey rewarded for their fine form with professional contracts.

The Academy pair put pen-to-paper on senior deals with the Millers having performed consistently in the club’s youth and reserve calendar this season.

Barker struggled to hide his delight upon the completion of the deals for two of his players who have shown real promise over the course of the last year.

“It’s a good reward for them and it’s pleasing for us as a department,” Barker told

“Tom’s journey to us here at Rotherham United was via Wolverhampton Wanderers and I went down to watch him and I have a colleague who is a good contact down there.

“Those that have seen him play will know he’s a very comfortable footballer and has developed considerably in the last seven or eight months

“Fab’s story is a little bit different because he’s been here since he was an Under 13. He was formerly with Leeds United before coming here and he is one of those players that you’d love to have half a dozen of.

“His attitude is a shining example and he has an unbelievable work ethic. His professionalism is excellent and at times we’ve had to stop him from doing too much."

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