Rotherham United: Akeem Hinds out to kickstart career after new deal
Akeem Hinds is looking to kickstart his professional career after landing a new one-year deal at Rotherham United.
The left-back's first professional contract was due to end this summer, but Paul Warne has now given him fresh terms until 2020.
Hinds has made two first-team appearances for the Millers, both in the Checkatrade Trophy in 2017, but has not been deemed ready to challenge for the league side.
The 20-year-old spent time on loan last season at Frickley and Hyde and he now feels ready to get his career up and running, inspired by Ben Wiles' breakthrough on to the scene.
He said: “I think as the season has gone on, you can see the gaffer and the first-team staff have looked to give some of the younger lads a chance.
“Ben Wiles and his journey so far is a great example for me, so this is a great place to be at the moment as I look to kick on in the early stages of my career.
I think I have a great opportunity now to work hard, and show that I am capable of getting into the first team.”
Hinds will be probably be going up against Joe Mattock, providing he agrees to stay at the Millers, and possibly Ben Purrington for the left-back position when the squad return for pre-season training in June.
And he accepts that those first few weeks back after the summer could be make or break for him.
He added: “I think now it is up to me to make sure I come back for the start of pre-season in good shape.
“I then need to impress the staff and we'll see what happens from there. Pre-season is the most important time for me now, it is a chance to put a platform together to work from, that'll be my main focus because a good pre-season can set you up for the following months of the campaign.”
Meanwhile, the club have announced that they are still not in a position to announce their retained list.
A host of players are out of contract, with some offered new deals, but the club say they should be in a position to say who has been released by the end of the week.