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READ | Millers to release five

15 May 2019

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Rotherham United have allowed five players to leave the club at the end of their contracts, whilst discussions over new deals have commenced with five others.

First-team players David Ball, Dominic Ball, Darren Potter, Alex Bray and Emmanuel Onariase will all leave the AESSEAL New York Stadium following the expiry of their contracts.

The club have opened discussions with Anthony Forde, Jon Taylor, Ryan Williams, Joe Newell and Laurence Bilboe.

The Millers have also triggered an option in the contract of Joe Mattock to extend his deal by a further year.

Earlier this week, it was also confirmed defender Akeem Hinds had penned a new one-year deal with the club.

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Marek Rodak, Richie Towell and Zak Vyner will all return to their parent clubs following their loan stints, whilst Sean Raggett’s temporary agreement will also officially come to an end, despite him returning to Norwich City for his rehabilitation before the end of the campaign.

Following the announcement, boss Paul Warne told “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the players who have left the club, and I’d like to wish them well for the future.

“We have players leaving who played a significant role in our promotion in 2018, and would go on to represent this great club in The Championship. Their contribution to Rotherham United is greatly appreciated by all the staff, and I’m sure by the supporters.”

David Ball played a significant role in the 2017-18 promotion to The Championship, but after starting the first game at Brentford this season, he has been on loan at Bradford City for the majority of the campaign.

Dominic Ball spent the entire season with Scottish Premiership outfit Aberdeen, whilst fellow defender Emmanuel Onariase also spent the vast majority of the season on loan at National League side Dagenham & Redbridge.

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Winger Bray has also spent time away on loan at York City and Weston-super-Mare.

Central midfielder Potter was a leading figure for the first quarter of the 2017-18 season, but suffered serious injury which ruled him out for the rest of the campaign, and virtually all of the 2018-19 season.

The ex-MK Dons ace battled back to full fitness, and was rewarded with an appearance as a substitute in the final game of the campaign against Middlesbrough.

Loanees Towell and Rodak enjoyed two seasons on loan at AESSEAL New York Stadium from Brighton and Fulham respectively, playing a major role in promotion from League One, before also starring in The Championship.

Fellow loanee Vyner also impressed after joining at the start of this season on loan from Bristol City, whilst Raggett’s time in South Yorkshire was restricted by injury but he did net a crucial goal in the victory over Millwall.

Rotherham United would like to thank all players who are leaving the club for their efforts whilst with the Millers, and we wish them all the very best for the future.

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