Rotherham United have extended defender Michael Ihiekwe’s stay at the Club by a further year, after taking the decision to activate the extension option in his contract.
The former Tranmere Rovers man originally penned a deal with the Millers in the summer of 2016 and played a key role in the club’s promotion to the Championship.
With five centre halves at the club at the beginning of the 2018/19 campaign, Ihiekwe joined Accrington Stanley on loan until the January window, and has since returned to AESSEAL New York Stadium where he has continued to impress boss Paul Warne.
Ihiekwe will now remain with the Millers until the summer of 2020, with Warne pleased to have the Liverpudlian’s services at his disposal for another season.
“Icky has been brilliant and has displayed every quality that I require of my players here,” he told www.themillers.co.uk.
“We had an honest discussion at the start of the year, in which he told me he wanted to get out and play games. I totally respected that but also reminded him that I’d be keeping a close eye on his progress.
“I watched all of his games at Accrington and we spoke regularly. The reports that I received were always positive and we were more than happy to take him back in January. As I expected, he has continued to work hard and has subsequently earned his place in the side.
“He is now very much a part of the group here and his return has given us some really fierce competition in central defence, which can only benefit us as we head into the run-in.”