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Experienced defender Richard Wood is aiming to lead by example in League One next season.
Wood today became the latest name to commit his future to the Club after Jonson Clarke-Harris, Jerry Yates and Joe Mattock all agreed fresh terms with the Millers.
Often chosen to skipper the side in the absence of Club captain Lee Frecklington, boss Paul Warne has often cited the ex-Sheffield Wednesday defender as a leading light for any upcoming professional.
Now Wood wants to help set the tone for next season as the Millers look to bounce back following relegation to League One.
“The manager sees me as an experienced player, which I think I am, and hopefully I can help the dressing room and that's why the club wanted to keep me,” Wood revealed to www.themillers.co.uk
“I'm really happy to play that role and I think that's what I'm in the squad for, to sort of look after the dressing room with the captain Frecks as well.
“I'm very happy, I'm settled and although we got relegated last year, I'm looking forward to a good season and winning plenty of matches.
“I'm hoping I can help the younger players and guide them and give them that advice in their careers really. I got plenty of help when I was younger from the more experienced pros and I see myself as one now and I think Warney does too.
“I want to lead by example on the field and off it.”
Wood joined the Millers from Charlton Athletic in 2014 but endured a tough start to his Millers career after failing to break into the side.
The 31-year-old made a huge impact during the back end of the 2015/16 season following a string of consistent displays, as the Millers defied the odds to avoid relegation.
Despite the Club enduring a difficult campaign last time out, Wood remained a consistent performer for Warne’s side, making 31 appearances in all competitions.
After enjoying a long run in the side, Wood was keen to remain in South Yorkshire, and stated it was the influence of Warne which rubber stamped his decision to stay.
“I was very keen to stay and that's why I've signed,” Wood said of his manager.
“The manager played a big part and he has been brilliant since he has taken charge and I'm looking forward to working with him again.
“I just think that the club is in a good position at the moment and I think we look a strong prospect in League One. With the players that we've got and any additions we make, I think we're going to have a good squad and a good go at it.”