Joe Mattock talks to www.themillers.co.uk...
Rotherham United defender Joe Mattock says the influence of first team manager Paul Warne was ‘massive’ in his decision to agree terms on a two-year extension to his contract at AESSEAL New York Stadium.
The 27-year-old is the first of the three players offered new terms to pledge his future to the Millers and admits his choice to remain with the club was heavily influenced by his manager and his visions for the season ahead.
“He was massive. We've got such a good relationship and we speak on the phone and text each other regularly, but it's not just that, I believe in what he wants to do,” Mattock told www.themillers.co.uk.
“He's very keen to implement what he wants in pre-season and he's got his objectives and he wants the players to buy into what he wants to do and I'm definitely keen to do that.
“I think if we all stick to that I think we'll do really well.”
The former Sheffield Wednesday and Leicester City man says that he was thrilled to agree terms so early in the summer, despite interest from elsewhere and was quick to add that he is confident of a positive campaign during the 2017/18 League One season.
“There's been a couple of clubs interested but I'm comfortable at Rotherham. It's a good club and I've enjoyed my years that I've been here and I'm not looking to move anywhere else,” Mattock explained.
“No player wants to be in the dark too much in the summer, floating between clubs and what-not and I'm very pleased to be re-signing back at Rotherham.
“I'm excited for the new season and what's to come and I think it will be a good year for us.”
Millers boss Paul Warne has handed the left-back a two year contract and is confident in his ability to operate at both Championship and League One level and Mattock is keen to repay that faith with a return to the former as soon as possible.
“I've got a good relationship with the lads and the manager, so I'm very happy to be staying,” he added.
“I think that's the main thing, that they believe in me and it's nice to know that.
"My main objective is to try and help the team to get back into the Championship and I think that we're more than capable of doing that.”