Why Rotherham United are confident of a very bright future

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Rotherham’s new Academy Manager Richard Hairyes wants to take the club’s academy to the next level.

Academy product Ben Wiles signed a one-year contract extension on Tuesday.

Teenager Wiles, who penned a professional deal last year, was the second academy graduate to agree a new contract at the club for the upcoming season after young keeper Laurence Bliboe did the same last week.

Three young guns have already been promoted to the first team this summer with Akeem Hinds following in the footsteps of Reece McGinley and Joshua Kayode in signing professional terms earlier this week .

Hairyes said: “I think our academy is in a very good place, but at the same time I believe that we are only scratching the surface, and hopefully over the next few years we can really take it forward quickly. I am very pleased to have been offered the role, and equally pleased that the club have decided to put their faith in me to try and take the academy onto the next step.

“If you look at the academy now we are strong in every single age group. We can get stronger and we want to be bringing more players forward.

“We are excited that in Akeem Hinds we have taken through another professional for next season, and we are confident that there will be more to come on that over the next few years.”

The Star understands the club are close to announcing a new Head of Academy Coaching and they are also looking for a new Head of Academy Recruitment, with applications closing on Friday.