Richard Wood column: The Millers defender on the club’s ‘gentleman’ physio, Denis Circuit

Rotherham United have endured some difficult times in their recent history, having entered administration twice, leaving Millmoor, and playing away from their home at Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield.

In contrast, over the last five years the club have embarked on a dramatic rise through the leagues and now host matches in a terrific stadium.

There has, however, been one constant in all this.

One person has gone through all the highs and lows and been a pillar of the club for the last 17 years: the hugely popular club physio, Denis Circuit.

He joined the Millers for his second spell in 1999 and recalls: “I’ve been involved in everything here. The two administrations, leaving Millmoor, and of course the Wembley play-off win to gain promotion to the Championship.”

I remember first meeting ‘Den’ on the day I signed for Rotherham in 2014. He put me through my medical and I asked if he was the physio. He told me he’d just retired and was just helping the club out.

He can’t help himself!

He’s proper football man who loves the club and is still working full-time after the club called on him to carry on.

Denis tells me: “I’ve made two attempts to retire.”

After many years in the game - and I’ve lost count of how many, he’s that old - it’s plain to see ‘Den’ obviously loves the sport.

He added: “I love everything about football - the banter, the dressing room, the physio room. Rotherham have always been a great club really.”

It’s not just his expertise as a physio that are on show every day. As manager Paul Warne would say, he is a proper human being. A gentleman.

Two years ago, I was accompanied by ‘Den’ to the hospital where I had an appointment with a specialist while injured. Mentally, I was in a dark place. He was great to have with me. He gave his words of wisdom and helped me through a personally difficult time.

The 68-year-old is a brilliant character to have around at the training ground and it will be a sad day for Rotherham when he finally decides to retire.

It’s a constant joke among the players that he’s been around that long he invented physiotherapy.

He still doesn’t even know how to work his iPhone (I found him getting a lesson in iMessaging this morning from Mike (head of medical Mike Preston), but what a great servant he has been to the football club.

I want Denis to enjoy his retirement when it finally happens, but a part of me wants him to carry on. The club won’t be the same without him.

He will remain a great friend and is a person I will always keep in touch with.

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