Rotherham United: Richie Smallwood leaves Millers as he turns down new deal

Richie Smallwood
Richie Smallwood

Midfield man Richard Smallwood’s Rotherham United career is over.

Club and player parted company this afternoon after being unable to agree on a new deal.

Smallwood leaves after more than three years with the Millers. He had been offered fresh terms but chose not to accept them.

The 26-year-old, whose contract at New York Stadium is due to expire, had expressed his desire to remain with Rotherham but obviously found the final package on the table not to his liking.

He made 20 appearances while on loan from Middlesbrough in the latter part of the 2014 League One promotion campaign, scoring in the play-off final penalty shoot-out at Wembley, and signed a permanent deal early the following season.

In all, he played 133 times for the Millers, scoring three goals.

The new away shirt

The new away shirt

With Rotherham planning for life at a lower level after their relegation from the Championship last term, their offer would have reflected their drop in status.

A club statement said: “Everyone at Rotherham United would like to thank Richie for his commitment during his time with the club and look forward to giving him a warm welcome should his future endeavours see him return to New York Stadium.”

Smallwood was a key man in successive survival seasons in the second tier, but was loaned out to League One Scunthorpe United last August by then-manager Alan Stubbs before being brought back by Paul Warne in January.

The defensive midfielder played well under Warne and there will be no shortage of interest in him.

Scunthorpe, where he made eight starts and 11 substitute appearances, could be a possible destination.

Meanwhile, the Millers have unveiled a new white and blue away kit for the 2017/18 season.

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