Rotherham United duo predict good times at the Millers after signing new deals

Rotherham have tied strikers Michael Smith and Jamie Proctor down to new long-term contracts
Rotherham have tied strikers Michael Smith and Jamie Proctor down to new long-term contracts
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Strikers Michael Smith and Jamie Proctor are planning on enjoying plenty of good times at Rotherham United after both committing their future to the club.

Smith as agreed terms on a deal that will run until June 2022 while Proctor has extended until 2021, with both men due to be out of contract in the summer.

Smith's three-and-a-half-year bumper deal is reward for his impressive contribution to the Millers' success since joining from Bury in January.

The 26-year-old was a key player as the Millers went on to win promotion from League One, scoring six goals in 23 appearances, and has again been the focal point of the attack this season, though has not got the goals his play has deserved.

Smith, playing at Championship level for the first time, is now contracted at the AESSEAL New York Stadium until beyond his 30th birthday.

He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my first six or seven months here with the lads and to top it off with promotion was unbelievable.

“Hopefully there are many more highs ahead. It's a nice feeling to know the club want to keep up for an extended period.

“Hopefully there is plenty more to come.”

Boss Paul Warne has also shown faith in Proctor, whose first season at the club was wrecked by a serious knee injury.

The 26-year-old suffered cruciate ligament damage in just his sixth appearance last August and only made his comeback at the start of this campaign, which has also since been derailed by a groin injury.

Proctor, though, has done enough to win a new two-and-a-half-year deal.

“I am absolutely buzzing,” he said. “There's been more downs than I've had in my entire career over the last 18 months, but there has also been plenty of highs mixed in there.

“It was one of the key things that I wanted to get done, I wanted to put some down some roots and settle somewhere.

“To extend now for a couple more years makes it a lot easier to settle. It gives me that peace of mind to be able to kick on and I hope there's many more years here.”

Warne is delighted that both men will be at the Millers in their peak years.

“I don't think Procs or Smudge are at the top of their game yet, they're still a few years away from that,” he said.

“If we can keep continuing to try and improve them and their attitude stays the same and they get even better, then another 12 months down the line they'll be even more formidable than they are now.”