Rotherham defender Matt Olosunde moves on after rejecting new contract following Championship relegation

Matt Olosunde has turned down a new contract at Rotherham.

Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 3:28 pm

The defender was offered fresh terms at the end of last season, but has informed the club that he will not be signing.

It is a blow for the Millers ahead of their League One campaign, where they hope to bounce straight back to the Championship.

Olosunde had an impressive two years following his arrival on a free transfer from Manchester United, making 72 appearances.

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Matthew Olosunde celebrates with Michael Smith and Matt Crooks after scoring against Everton.

Once their Championship relegation fate was sealed, it made Rotherham's chances of keeping the right-back much harder and he has now decided his future lies elsewhere.

Olosunde follows Clark Robertson in rejecting a new deal and boss Paul Warne, who faces a huge summer rebuild job, is accepting of the American's decision.

"On behalf of everyone here, I would like to say what a pleasure it has been to work with Matty for the last couple of years,” he said.

"As we try to with every player that comes through the door, we have worked on making him a better player than when he joined us and I hope that he agrees that we have been successful in doing so.

"He leaves the club with absolutely no animosity as he looks to pursue a new challenge somewhere else and goes very much with our blessing. Matty and his representatives felt as though it was time for a fresh start and are hopeful that he can secure a deal to continue playing in the Championship or at similar standard somewhere else in the world - something we totally understand.

"Matty is a good lad who has grown in confidence both on the pitch and off it and I hope that our footballing paths cross again in the future."