Midfield starlet signs Millers deal

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OLLIE Banks has become the second youngster to sign a new contract at Rotherham United this week.

The promising midfielder has followed in the footsteps of goalkeeper Jamie Annerson and agreed to stay at the League Two outfit after agreeing a one-year deal last night.

Banks, aged 18, made his debut as a second-half substitute in the final match of last season against play-off finalists Torquay United. He grabbed his maiden senior goal with just his second touch, lifting the ball over shot-stopper Scott Bevan to make it 3-1 to as manager Andy Scott registered his first win in charge since succeeding Ronnie Moore in the managerial hot-seat at the Don Valley Stadium.

Banks, son of former Millers forward Ian, almost left Rotherham last year. With first-team opportunities at a premium under Moore, the teenager had a trial at Newcastle United.

A potential transfer collapsed because a suitable compensation package could not be agreed between the two parties. Leicester City also expressed an interest but the Foxes were unwilling to pay a fee for the teenager.

Now, having committed his future to Rotherham, Banks will be aiming to establish himself as a first-team regular next term.

It was just three days ago Annerson, who moved to the club from Sheffield United in 2009, put pen to paper to a new two-year deal.

Annerson started the last six matches of last season in between the sticks but he faces fierce competition from Andy Warrington for the number one spot.

Dale Tonge and Jason Taylor are also expected to pledge their allegiances to the club while they are still waiting to find out whether midfield playmaker Nicky Law or striker Ryan Taylor will agree to new terms.

Ben Pringle looks poised to join the Millers today from Derby County. The midfielder, who had a brief loan stint at Torquay last year, was told he can leave Pride Park by manager Nigel Clough last month.

Pringle, who started his career at non-league side Ilkeston Town has a year left to run of his contract at Derby.