Rotherham United: Ben Pringle feels time is right to leave Millers

Midfielder Ben Pringle
Midfielder Ben Pringle
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Double promotion hero Ben Pringle decided to quit Rotherham United because he felt it was time to take on a new challenge.

The midfield ace was a key man in the Millers’ rise from League Two and then helped keep them in the Championship last season.

He said: “I could have signed another three years,but I think I would have been in position where I looked back and thought ‘what if’.

“I wanted to test myself elsewhere and see if I could go and play at a higher level or play somewhere else and see how I did.”

Rotherham were keen to keep Pringle, who was out of contract, and he admitted they made him an attractive offer. “They gave me a call and offered me a decent deal, a good deal, but I just felt like I had come to an end,” he revealed.

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Pringle scored one of the spot-kicks in the penalty shoot-out in the League One Play-off Final win at Wembley which clinched the Millers’ place in the Championship after just one season in League One.

He added: “Getting the back-to-back promotions, everything at Wembley and then staying in the division, I think that was for me, personally, as far as I thought I could go.”

Pringle, who made the League One Team of the Year last season, has admirers in the Championship and says it would take an amazing offer to make him consider dropping down.

Fulham are known to be keen. Sheffield United were also interested, but the sacking of manager Nigel Clough could have altered the landscape at Bramall Lane. Bolton, Ipswich and Wigan have been linked to him, while Brentford and Millwall made bids last season.

Rotherham were ready to let him join Milwall in January, and the 25-year-old, who said he would have been prepared to sign a new contract had the Millers offered him one after Wembley, saw that as a sign his days at AESSEAL New York Stadium could be numbered,

He turned down the Lions, preferring to assess his options at the end of the season.

Rotherham, caught up in a battle for Championship survival, had informal chats with him but delayed making a formal offer until they knew what division they would be in next year.

“When they accepted the bid from Millwall, that was kind of an indication that they would rather cash in on me rather than get a new deal for me, which was strange,” he said.

“It was just a bit confusing really, because Steve (manager Evans) has always been good with me, playing me and talking about me in the press and saying nice things.”