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Rotherham United: Why this promotion ranks highest for Millers defender Mattock

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Joe Mattock has ranked Rotherham’s play-off promotion as the best day of his life.

It was the third promotion on the defender’s CV after he went up automatically with both Leicester City [League One] and West Brom [Championship] earlier in his career.

However, last month’s Wembley triumph against Shrewsbury was the player’s first on the hallowed turf of England’s footballing home.

And 28-year-old Mattock believes he may not get the chance to experience another Wembley moment at this stage of his career.

He reflected: “That was the best day of my life, it was unbelievable.

“All the hard work and effort that had been put in all year was topped up with that victory.

“At the end of the day, it is an occasion that might never come around for me again. I’m 28 and it’s the first time I’ve been there [Wembley] to play.

“I’ve had two previous promotions, but they were both automatic, so this one was by far the best.”

Boss Paul Warne wants to add a striker to the ranks ahead of the Millers’ return to the Championship.

Warne is looking to enhance his firepower in front of goal after Caolan Lavery returned to fellow South Yorkshire side Sheffield United after the completion of his season-long loan deal.

Young gun Akeem Hinds has signed his first professional contract at the club.

The 18-year-old full-back, who played twice in the Checkatrade Trophy last term, has been handed a one-year deal after completing his scholarship in the academy.

First-team/development coach Matthew Hamshaw said: “Akeem played in the Checkatrade Trophy last season and did well. He didn’t get it [professional deal] because he played a few first-team games, he got it because he re-assessed his progress and pushed on.”

The club are seeking a new Head of Academy Recruitment. Applications close on Friday, with interviews commencing next Monday.

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