Guy Branston column: Plymouth are a massive club but Ben Purrington had to take the opportunity of Championship football

Ben Purrington is someone I know well from my time at Plymouth and I think he is a good signing for Rotherham.

He has played a lot of games for someone so young, he has a lot of work to do to become a modern-day Championship defender but he has also got a lot of potential.

We are talking about someone who takes his life very seriously. He has a sporting background with his uncle, who is someone who is going to have an influence in his lifestyle. He is a hungry kid.

We paid a big amount of money for him, we’re paying for the potential so £300,000 in the grand scheme of things isn’t a lot. He is somebody you can sell in the future for big money because of his defensive ability.

Plymouth are a massive club, you cannot disrespect them. I can understand why Plymouth fans are confused by it. They are a massive club, so it was a funny move because potentially they could be playing each other next season. I am not saying it is a bad move for him because I don’t think it is.

But I was lucky enough to play in the Championship. He might win promotion this season but then never get anywhere near the Championship again.

I was really proud of playing there, I wish I had played more, I wanted to be known as a Championship defender but I was never good enough. So to have the opportunity to play there is great for Ben.

Plymouth might not get promoted. You have to take the opportunity when it comes. Plymouth are a massive club, but are they going to get in the Championship in the next few years? Maybe they will under Derek Adams, but maybe they won’t.

Ben might have just had a good feeling about Rotherham and you can only take opportunities when they are put in front of you.

I was a young kid who left a Premier League club to join Rotherham. I can’t knock the kid, I think he has made a good decision. He has signed for a very club football club. He has left a massive club but he is going to play Championship football.

In terms of the overall transfer window, I think we needed a forward. Goals have been a problem this season so I would have liked to seen a forward.

I wouldn’t have gone for Omar Bogle if I am honest. I would have gone for someone who knows the Championship. But they cost serious money.

A million pounds for Bogle! But that’s the transfer window nowadays. He has gone and got goals but his all-round game isn’t the best. He is not going to bring all-round talent.

Personally I don’t think he is worth that, when I heard that we were bidding close to £1million, I didn’t think he was a Rotherham player.

Finally just a word for Danny Ward, I thought he put a real shift in at Forest. He could have spat his dummy out, he didn’t he got on with his job. He deserves a pat on the back for that. He is the kind of player we need at Rotherham.


Up the Millers!

*Guy Branston played over 100 times for Rotherham between 1999-2004 and again in 2011. He is an FA approved agent, qualified coach and owner of



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