Versatile Will Vaulks’ has been granted his wish to keep plying his trade in midfield by Rotherham United boss Paul Warne.
Vaulks impressed when he stood in at right-back for a five-match spell, leading Warne to consider making the switch permanent.
But the Millers manager has scrapped those plans after being won over by the desire of the 23-year-old, who is attracting interest from Scottish side Rangers, to remain in the engine room.
Rotherham have been relegated from the Championship and Warne said: “There are no guarantees in life, but I can’t see Will ever not being in my 11. Even more so in League One.
“Realistically, with someone of his energy and enthusisam, the best place for him to play is in the middle of the park because he has the biggest influence.”
The vast majority of Vaulks’ 42 appearances this season after his summer move from Falkirk have come in midfield. He was used at full-back in March and early April and has also filled in in central defence.
“He can play right-back, as we’ve seen,” Warne said. “I can see he has got attributes to play at right-back.
“But if he hasn’t got the love to play there over the entirety of a season or compete with Darnell Fisher, or who ever is it, then it’s probably best that he’s in the team where he is.
“If I need to, I can then move him to right-back. I don’t want it to sound like a dictatorship, but players do as they’re told. For him to go and play at right-back for five or six games, fine. But, at the age of 23, he doesn’t want to be completely stamped as a right-back.
“I want my players to be happy. A happy player is a better player.”
Warne loves the attitude of Vaulks who has been back in his favoured role for the last six fixtures as the Millers’ three-year stay in the second tier draws to a close.
The manager isn’t the only admirer. Vaulks, who has two years left on his Millers contract, excelled in his three seasons with Falkirk in the Scottish Championship and he is on Scottish Premier League Rangers’ radar.
Rotherham, who end their campaign at home to Derby County on Sunday, have still to confirm the appointment of Warne’s former Millers teammate, Richie Barker, as assistant boss.