goalkeeper Andy Warrington has been praised for his attitude and work ethic in pre-season even though he has been told he is not the regular first choice any more.
The Rotherham United goalkeeper, just turned 35, has another year left on his contract but he has been told by manager Andy Scott that if he doesn’t want to stay on then he is free to get another club.
“I spoke to Andy and said I would be bringing in another goalkeeper and that he wouldn’t be first choice and, more than likely, would be third choice,” said Scott.
“The way he has handled the whole situation and conducted himself has been exemplary and full credit to him,” added the Millers boss.
“What has been said hasn’t stopped him coming in and working hard; his attitude has been fantastic.
“He has served this club well and he wants to play, I understand that.
“Right now we’ve got three very good goalkeepers and it is up to him to force his way into contention. But we won’t stand in his way because I know he wants to be playing regularly.
“If he does go then he deserves to go somewhere decent and if you don’t work hard then you don’t deserve that.”
The one-time Doncaster Rovers keeper came to the Millers in 2007 from Bury and is a handful short of 200 appearances, a spell in which he proved himself one of the top goalkeepers in League Two.
Late last season, a foot injury cost him his place and Jamie Annerson got his chance and stayed in.
All three goalkeepers were at the opening friendly at Grimsby on Saturday, loan signing from Leicester, Conrad Logan, starting the game and Annerson going on at half-time.
Scott said afterwards that Warrington will play some of the game tonight against Sheffield Wednesday.
If he remains then Warrington will challenge Annerson for the Carling Cup spot against Leicester as Logan won’t be allowed to play.