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READ | Warne proud of newly-recognised internationals

23 May 2019

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Rotherham United boss Paul Warne has expressed his pride following another first international call-up, which has this time seen attacker Ryan Williams included in Australia’s extended squad for their upcoming game against South Korea.

It has been a fruitful season for the Millers in terms of new faces within their ranks appearing on the international scene with Semi Ajayi, Will Vaulks, Marek Rodak, Kyle Vassell and Ryan Manning all earning places in their respective nation’s teams at various stages this season, while midfielder Richie Towell was unlucky not to be able to take advantage of a similar opportunity with the Republic of Ireland following an injury.

Following confirmation that Williams will be required in Busan, South Korea on 28th May to be included in the Soccceroos’ extended squad, Warne took time to reflect on a fantastic season for a number of his players, whose performances in the second tier have provided them with a platform to earn their first caps.

“It's great at the club at the moment and I have been incredibly proud to see lads receiving the news of their first call-ups whilst with us,” Warne proudly told

“There have been four international debutants this year and others that have managed to get into the reckoning whilst with us.

“We've seen Will at Wales, Semi with Nigeria, Vass at Northern Ireland and now Willo getting involved at Australia.”

The Millers boss continued to explain that he is hopeful that the club’s ability to help showcase players’ talents will be beneficial in their summer recruitment drive for any prospective signings with a desire to take the next step in their careers.

“I think we are starting to build a really good reputation outside the club for trying to get the best out of our players,” Warne added.

“I think players come here knowing that if they can be a success for this great club, we won’t stand in their way of progressing their careers and that benefits all parties really.

“If we can take a player and improve him, that is only going to benefit the team and hopefully there are lads out there that might be on our radar who will see that as a big reason to come and join us.”

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