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READ | Warne looking for speedy resolution to contract offers

13 May 2017

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne is looking to conclude contract talks with three members of his squad by 'this time next week'.

The Millers boss has confirmed the departures of eight players, whilst also revealing that contract offers have been made to Richard Wood, Richie Smallwood and Joe Mattock.

Striker Jonson Clarke-Harris has already agreed a new one-year contract.

When quizzed about a potential timescale for the trio to decide on their futures, Warne said he would expect some news before the end of next week.

"I have had Woody's agent with me yesterday, and I also spoke to Woody himself regarding the offer that has been made," Warne told www.themillers.co.uk

"I would expect by this time next week I would know the answer. I think that my offers are fair and that they are in line with what I want to do, so I am pleased to be in a position to make these offers. They all want to stay, so hopefully we'll be able to get them all over the line but we'll have to wait and see."

Wood, 31, has made 31 appearances in all competitions this season, whilst Mattock, 26, has played 37 times and Smallwood, 26, made 26 appearances.

Centre half Wood has worn the captain's armband several times during the Millers stint in The Championship, and Warne says he wants to utilise the former Sheffield Wednesday defender's experience as he prepares for an assault on League One next season.

"Woody has been a good campaigner, you know what you are going to get from him," Warne added.

"He has given his all for this club. I spoke to him and said he's going to have to compete for his place if he agrees his terms. I would like him around the place because he is a great pro, and someone everyone at the club should look up to, on and off the field."

Smallwood's Rotherham career looked in doubt earlier in the campaign after he joined League One side Scunthorpe United on loan.

But following Warne's appointment the popular midfield enforcer was brought back to great effect in January.

"I threw the gauntlet down to Richie when I brought him back from Scunthorpe," Warne admitted.

"I said to him there were no guarantees he would play, but if he got in the team and did well he would keep his place. He has performed admirably, he has got fitter as they season has gone on, and he has looked better. I think the last five games we have had a really good run and he's been pretty monumental within those performances. I think he's been really good, and he allows a platform for others to play. He is archetypal of a Rotherham player, so it was an easy decision to put an offer to him."

Mattock has faced competition from January recruit Ben Purrington, but Warne was keen to keep the former England under 21 international, highlighting his consistency and versatility as key reasons for making him an offer.

"We brought Ben (Purrington) into the club in January as competition at left-back, but he has struggled a little with fitness, whilst Joe has been pretty decent." Warne concluded.

"He is a good bloke, he wouldn't win many quizzes, but his performances have been excellent. He can play left-sided centre-half, he can play left-midfield so that was a no-brainer for me."


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