Rotherham United: Craig Morgan pays tribute to unsung Millers heroes

Millers captain Craig Morgan
Millers captain Craig Morgan

Skipper Craig Morgan has paid tribute to the people off the pitch who helped Rotherham United achieve Championship survival this season.

The centre-half, who is in talks with the club over a new contract, says staying in the second tier, despite a three-point deduction by the Football League, isn’t solely down to the players.

“It’s a group effort,” said the 29-year-old. “You can’t do it without the chairman, you can’t do it without the players, Warney (fitness coach Paul Warne), Den (physio Dennis Circuit). It doesn’t just happen. It’s even down to the rub guy, who is probably the lowest-paid person at the club. He comes with us on every trip. I am a big believer in a lot of people making this happen.”

The Millers sealed their safety in the final week of the season, finishing five points above the drop zone, and family man Morgan is looking forward to a proper break after a tiring campaign.

“It’s going to be nice this year because we had only a month last year with the play-offs. We can go away a bit longer this year,” he said.

“We will enjoy our break because we know this division is so strong. We know what we need to do when we come back. I am going to go on holiday, take my family away. It’s difficult for the family during the year, so a bit of family time will be nice.”

Morgan is certain the players will look after themselves before the start of pre-season training

“Both years I have been here, we have come back fit and strong ready for pre-season, which I think has helped,” he said. “This year will be the same.”

Meanwhile, two of the players let go by Rotherham have talked about their release.

Right-back Brindley, who ended the season on loan at Colchester and discovered his fate on his 22nd birthday, took to his Twitter page to say: “Different managers have different opinions. I am ready to push on. I think it’s clear I would like regular football at this stage in my career.”

Fellow right-back Mark Bradley, who didn’t play all season as he recovered from knee surgery, tweeted: “Been a nightmare year for me but I’m ready for a new chapter. Just wish I could have played a part this year.”