Joe Mattock’s affinity with Paul Warne tempts him to stay at Rotherham

The strength of love for working with Paul Warne has convinced Joe Mattock to turn down other clubs and stay at Rotherham.

The left-back has penned a two-year deal at New York Stadium after agreeing fresh terms as the club heads into League One.

Other clubs were keen to take him on a free transfer, but his relationship with boss Warne has seen him commit to the Millers.

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Warne has been accused at times of being too close to some of the players, but it is that approach which helped get the deal over the line.

“He was massive. We’ve got such a good relationship and we speak on the phone and text each other regularly, but it’s not just that, I believe in what he wants to do,” Mattock, who signed in June 2015, said.

“He’s very keen to implement what he wants in pre-season and he’s got his objectives and he wants the players to buy into what he wants to do and I’m definitely keen to do that.

“I think if we all stick to that I think we’ll do really well.”

Mattock has been a solid performer in his first two years at the club, even if his level last season did not quite reach that of the previous campaign, where he was a genuine player of the year contender.

He fought off competition from £300,000 signing Ben Purrington to reclaim the shirt and will return to pre-season at the end of next month first-choice left-back.

The 27-year-old will now go off and enjoy the rest of his summer, primed to be involved in a promotion challenge when the players commence pre-season.

 

“There’s been a couple of clubs interested but I’m comfortable at Rotherham,” he added. “It’s a good club and I’ve enjoyed my years that I’ve been here and I’m not looking to move anywhere else.

“No player wants to be in the dark too much in the summer, floating between clubs and I’m very pleased to be re-signing back at Rotherham.

“I’m excited for the new season and what’s to come and I think it will be a good year for us.

“I’ve got a good relationship with the lads and the manager, so I’m very happy to be staying.

“I think that’s the main thing, that they believe in me and it’s nice to know that.

“My main objective is to try and help the team to get back into the Championship and I think that we’re more than capable of doing that.”

While Mattock has committed his future to the Millers, they are still waiting for answers from Richie Smallwood and Richard Wood on their offers.

Both men were presented with reduced terms but must come up with an answer soon or risk the club moving on.

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