Rotherham United: Waiting game as Ben Pringle ponders next move after Millers

Former Millers midfielder Ben Pringle
Former Millers midfielder Ben Pringle

Departed Rotherham United star Ben Pringle has admitted he doesn’t yet know where he’ll be playing his football next season.

The midfield ace who helped the Millers achieve back-to-back promotions and then stay up in their first season back in the Championship has plenty of clubs chasing his signature.

But he’s prepared to bide his time before deciding on his next destination.

“There are one or two things that are going on but, like the majority of players that are in the same position as me, it’s just a waiting game to see what comes along,” he said.

Pringle scored one of the spot-kicks in the 2014 League One Play-off Final penalty shootout at Wembley to take the Millers into the Championship and is keen to remain in the second tier.

“I wouldn’t even think about dropping down unless it was very good offer or that was my only offer,” he said.

“Each player wants to play at the highest level for as long as possible and I’m no different.

“If I’m talking to Championship clubs and one makes me an offer then obviously I am going to be interested.”

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Fulham want him and fellow Championship clubs Ipswich Town, Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United have all been linked to the player who was virtually an ever-present under Rotherham boss Steve Evans.

Rotherham made him, by his own admission, a “good” offer to try to keep him at AESSEAL New York Stadium, but he was unhappy they waited until the end of the survival season and had been prepared to sell him to Millwall.

The 25-year-old admitted he was saddened by the departures of some of the Wembley team last season, but said the fact the Millers achieved Championship safety justified Evans’ decision to make changes.

Kieran Agard left for Bristol City just one game into the season, while Alex Revell was sold and Joe Skarz allowed to leave, both in January.

“It was a shame,” he said. “We’d done a lot in League Two, League One, we’d done a bit in the Championship, and then it changes.

“That’s what happens in football. You can’t really look back badly because we have stayed in the division and that was the primary aim.

“You can’t really do anything because you’re not the manager. You just have to go along with it.”

The other player to reject a new Millers contract, skipper Craig Morgan, has decided not to give any interview for now.

But before he opted to leave he spoke of his pride at captaining the side through one of the most successful spells in the club’s history.

“What I’d say about the group of players is that I am honoured to lead them,” he said. “It’s such a good group, Even the players who have come in have fitted in so well - and if they haven’t, they have been shifted out.

“It’s important when you are a small club in a big league that you stay united and together.”