Rotherham United: Arnason agrees new deal

Kari Arnason holds aloft the League One Play-off Final trophy
Kari Arnason holds aloft the League One Play-off Final trophy
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Millers defender Kari Arnason has agreed a deal to stay with the club, boss Steve Evans has revealed.

Terms have been settled with the Iceland international and all that remains is for the paperwork to be drawn up and signed.

Arnason has been a key figure at centre-half in the Millers’ back-t0-back promotions to The Championship, and Evans is a big admirer.

“He’s a good, good player he said.

“In the second half of the Play-off Final, when we really needed the players to step up, he was absolutely outstanding.”

Evans’ men saw off the challenge of Leyton Orient in the final at Wembley to secure their place in the second tier of English football.

Evans has already signed five new players in anticipation of the challenges ahead, and Arnason’s desire to extend his two-year spell at he club is another major boost.

The 31-year-old could face competition for his place next season as Evans has confirmedhis interest in former Sheffield Wednesday centre-half Mark Beevers.

Beevers, 24, made more than 170 appearances for Wednesday and is now at Millwall.

Also on the club’s radar is an Icelandic teammate of Arnason’s, Johann Berg Gudmundsson. The left winger, 23, has played more than 150 games in the Dutch Erevisie with AZ Alkmaar, scoring 25 goals, and had youth spells at Chelsea and Fulham.

Meanwhile, Rotherham have missed out on striker Wes Thomas, who helped them win promotion last season. Talks had taken place, but Thomas opted to sign a two-year deal with Birmingham City where he was once on loan.