Rotherham United: Warne factor keeps Wood at Millers

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Richard Wood has committed his future to Rotherham United because he wants to be part of the new era under manager Paul Warne.

Warne, who took the hot-seat permanently last month after a spell in caretaker control, will start his first full season at the helm in League One after the Millers’ drop from the Championship.

And out-of-contract Wood says the new boss was a key factor in him agreeing to sign a one-year deal.

“The manager played a big part in it,” the centre-half said. “He has been brilliant since he has taken charge and I’m looking forward to working with him again. I was very keen to stay.

Wood, aged 31, joined Rotherham in 2014 when Steve Evans was in charge and made 31 appearances last term as the club’s three-year stay in the second tier came to an end.

“Although we got relegated last year, I’m looking forward to a good season and winning plenty of matches,” he said. “I’m very happy. I’m settled.”

Wood joins left-back Joe Mattock in agreeing fresh terms at New York Stadium. Of the out-of-contract players the Millers wanted to keep, only Richie Smallwood has yet to give them an answer.

The midfield man, who is free to explore options elsewhere, is being pressed for a decision by the club who have warned they could walk away from the table if negotiations drag on for too long.

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