Millers bite for Pringle

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ROTHERHAM United have made their first signing of the summer with highly rated midfielder Ben Pringle agreeing a free transfer from Derby County.

The versatile midfielder signed a two year deal with the Millers earlier today after being told he was free to leave Pride Park this summer by boss Nigel Clough.

Pringle said: “I spent two years at Derby and played a few games but I needed to play more.

“The Gaffer sold this club to me.

“I want to play as many games as I can and that is the main reason I’ve signed.

“It’s an up and coming club with a new stadium on the way.

“The manager told me he wanted me to play so it’s always nice to go somewhere you’re wanted so that was the main factor for my decision.”

The 22-year-old is a former West Bromwich Albion trainee who started his career in the non-league system.

Derby spotted him playing for Ilkeston Town and signed him in July 2009.

He made 23 appearances for the Rams but only seven starts, despite being touted as a hot prospect.

However, he captained Derby Reserves to the league title.

Pringle is not new to life in League Two having made five starts during an impressive loan spell with Torquay in March.

He signed a new 18 month deal at Pride Park in February but was frustrated at a lack of first team action and was told he could move on at the end of the season.

He said: “I still had a year left at Derby so I could have stayed there but I spent two seasons trying to break into the side but for whatever reason it hasn’t worked out. “To come here and play is something I’m really looking forward to.”