Paul Warne talks to www.themillers.co.uk...
Rotherham United boss Paul Warne believes the best is yet to come from his newly-committed forwards Jamie Proctor and Michael Smith, who have both signed long-term contracts with the club this afternoon.
The attacking duo, who are both 26-years-old, have pledged their futures to the AESSEAL New York Stadium-club until 2021 and 2022 respectively and Warne is hopeful that they can continue to improve under the guidance of the Millers coaching staff.
“It’s great news,” he told www.themillers.co.uk.
“They are still young men and they haven't hit their peaks.
“I don't think Procs or Smudge are at the top of their game yet, they're still a few years away from that. If we can keep continuing to try and improve them and their attitude stays the same and they get even better, then another 12 months down the line they'll be even more formidable than they are now.”
Meanwhile, Warne paid tribute to the pair for their contributions since their arrivals and added that with Kyle Vassell also vying for a place in the forward line, he has three good, traditional striking options at his disposal.
“With those two and Vass we've got three really good number nines. They're a dying breed,” he added.
“I think Procs, who is coming back from injury again, has been a real positive when he's played for us this year and a real physical strength. He can definitely play at this level and we're really pleased with him.
“Since we got Smithy from Bury, he's done really well. He was instrumental in our promotion and he leads the line amazingly, works really hard and he's been key in our performances this year.”
The Millers chief concluded by explaining that there were no stumbling blocks in negotiations, with deals for the pair wrapped up quickly.
“There were no issues with it and they're both happy with the deals and really happy here,” Warne explained.
“The lads are fully confident that we'll be playing Championship football next year and we're doing everything right to give the club that opportunity but both players have got clauses in if the worst was to happen, but they haven't signed because of that."