Rotherham United: Millers old boy refuses to hang up gloves

Former Rotherham goalkeeper Andy Warrington is looking for a new club.
Former Rotherham goalkeeper Andy Warrington is looking for a new club.
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Sheffield-born goalkeeper Andy Warrington insists he is not considering retirement despite failing to find a new club this summer.

It was more than two months ago Rotherham United released Warrington, ending his six-year association with the club.

The 37-year-old played 32 times for the Millers last season as Steve Evans’ men clinched promotion to League One.

After arriving from Bury back in 2007, Warrington went on to make 233 appearances for Rotherham. He has hinted he would like to return to the club, in some capacity, in the future.

Warrington is determined to prolong his career and has told The Star: “I am not ready to hang my gloves up. I want to carry on playing. This is the first time in my career that I have been in this situation before and it is very strange.

“I am glad I played a lot of games for Rotherham last season so know I can still do it. I feel I can do a job somewhere.

“It does get tougher as you get older. I know some lads who probably trainonly a couple of days a week. But at Rotherha, I didn’t miss a training session in two years.”

Warrington, who holds the UEFA B coaching licence and is currently focusing on his UEFA B goalkeeping course, says he takes inspiration from Andy Dibble, the Millers goalkeeper coach.

“Andy played until he was about 42,” he said. “Whether I want to play that long, I don’t know. As long as I am enjoying it and I am fit, I will keep on playing.

“I have certainly got a good two or three years left in me. I would be in trouble if my body was falling to pieces or I was maybe missing days training but I have been very fortunate that I have stayed clear of injuries.”

Rotherham, meanwhile, host their first ever open day at New York Stadium this Sunday. The event, which runs from noon to 3pm, sees Evans’ side conducting an open training session on the pitch. After the session, Millers players will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for pictures with supporters. There will also be guided tours of the ground.