Rotherham boss Paul Warne delighted for Wes Harding after international call-up

Rotherham boss Paul Warne was delighted for defender Wes Harding after his international call-up last week.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 2:40 pm
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 2:44 pm

Harding, who has been a standout player for the Millers this season across a number of defensive positions, was named in Jamaica's squad for the friendly against the United States last week.

He ended up being an unused substitute in Austria, but his boss still spoke of his pride.

Warne said: “I'm just really pleased for him.

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Zak Vyner of Bristol City in action with Lewis Wing and Wes Harding of Rotherham United.

“When I signed him, half of his family came, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was speaking to his dad and brother-in-law.

“I know how much he is part of a big, loving family and I know how much his call-up will mean to all of them.

“It can't but help him as a player. I appreciate there's a lot of travelling and he might come back a bit fatigued but once that first game is out of the way I might have an even better player on my hands.

“His call-up is testament to the great season he's had. I'm really proud of him and sincerely pleased for him.”

The frustration for Warne is that he would have liked his player back at the training ground as he drills his squad ahead of a season-defining run of games once the campaign resumes.

“It's difficult being a manager. I want what's right for the players first and foremost,” Warne added.

“However, my job is to focus on what's best for the football club. It's a bit yin and yang. I'm always pushed by the player.”

The Millers return to action on Good Friday with a trip to Millwall.