Rotherham United: Boss Paul Warne could have a conundrum next season after offering new deal to former Sheffield Wednesday man
Rotherham United boss Paul Warne could be set to have three left-backs battling it out to be in his side next season.
The Millers boss has offered a new contract to Joe Mattock, left the door open for Ben Purrington to return to the club following a season out on loan and handed youngster Akeem Hinds a one-year deal.
All being well Mattock will commit to a fifth season at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, though there is no guarantee of that yet and the former Sheffield Wednesday man should start as Warne's favourite.
He won the players' player of the season award this year and Warne has said he would be happy for Mattock to see his career out at the club.
The option for Purrington to return to the club could be in the player's hands after he spent the season out on loan.
He began the campaign at AFC Wimbledon before heading to Charlton, where he is hoping to win promotion in the play-offs, but Warne has given him the option of coming back to revive his Millers career if he wanted.
“Ben's a really good left-back and is of an age where he wants to play every week,” Warne said. “In pre-season last year I had a conversation with him.
“I saw Joe as just being in front of him. This summer, I'll have to have another conversation with him to see if he wants to come back and compete or if he sees his future elsewhere.
“If Ben comes back in pre-season and knocks Joe out of the water, then fine. If he comes back and thinks it's going to be too difficult to get back in the team and wants to go and play somewhere else, that would be a different conversation.”
Purrington ought to give Mattock – should he sign a new deal – a good run for his money, given his performances in helping the Addicks to the play-offs.
The former Plymouth man has impressed Warne during his time in south London.
“We've watched his games. He's done really well,” Warne said.
“As things stand at the moment, Ben will be joining the group for pre-season and then we'll see where we are.”