rotherham United manager Steve Evans is tipping Ben Pringle to regain the early season form that had other clubs taking notice.
The midfielder, out of contract in the summer, has just signed a two and a half year deal but he has had a form dip recently.
“In the first three months of the season, Ben Pringle was sensational,” said Evans.
“Other clubs were taking note and no wonder, his form was frightening. Continue to play like that and he’d be with a club at the top of The Championship.
“But he’s still a young lad and this is what amounts to his first full season as a regular. Expecting him to keep up such a standard is asking a lot and it is understandable that he has had a dip. It happens with young players.
“It has been put to me that his form latterly has not been good enough and I would have to agree with that.
“But, he’s shown what he can do and I am confident that he will be back to the levels we saw.
“He has significantly improved while I’ve been here and there’s much more to come.”
Evans also noted that Pringle was set to be offloaded last season - and pointed out that he was set to sign to take him to Crawley.
“Don’t forget, last year this football club was ready to offload him,” said Evans. “They were set to pay him up. He was in his first season at Rotherham and had barely figured.
“There are various reasons why a player, any player, can find their form fluctuating. In the summer, Ben was relaxed and he produced. He will again. I’m confident.”
The Millers have had interest in the 24-year-old former Derby County youngster and recently turned down a couple of six figure bids.
Evans added that winger Lionel Ainsworth, out on loan at Aldershot for two months, still has a future at the club.
Midfielder David Noble could be back in the squad for today’s home game with Bristol Rovers. He has not figured since the Southend home game on October 13.