The pain of relegation is fuelling wanted man Will Vaulks’ desire to stay with Rotherham United despite the attention of Scottish giants Rangers.
The midfield man says he has “unfinished business” with the Millers after his first season with the club ended in the drop from the Championship.
The 23-year-old, who made 42 appearances in the 2016/17 campaign after signing from Falkirk, has set his sights on a promotion campaign next year.
The Star understands the interest from Rangers is genuine, but Vaulks said: “I’m committed to remaining a Rotherham United player. Even if there is interest from other clubs, I feel there is massive unfinished business for me with Rotherham.
“I can’t leave on a season like that, even if the option is there. It’s Rotherham United for me next season. I can’t see me being anywhere else.”
Manager Paul Warne is a big admirer of Vaulks’ workrate and attitude and believes the midfielder will be a regular starter under him in the third tier even though he plans to make up to eight new signings.
Liverpudlian Vaulks, who spent three years in the Scottish Championship with Falkirk before heading back south of the border, has been deeply hurt by Rotherham’s fortunes this year but has been pleased with how often he has featured.
“I’ve played around 40 when I was expecting maybe 15 or 20,” he said.
He scored a superb goal on his Millers debut, an opening-day 2-2 home draw with Wolves last August, but failed to add to his account after that.
“I’ve never played in League One,” he said. “I want to go there and score some goals, to be honest. I’m disappointed with my goal tally this year.
“I want to enjoy it and hopefully play as many games as possible and help get us back up.
“I don’t know if the Rangers interest is real or not. Speculation takes off quickly.
“But even if it is, I really want to be here.”