Lee Camp heads Rotherham’s departure list on a day of few suprises

There were few surprises as Rotherham announced their retained list, with goalkeeper Lee Camp headlining those players exiting the club.

Camp was one of six first-team players not offered new deals, joined by Stephen Kelly, Kelvin Wilson, Chris Dawson, Joel Ekstrand and Tom Thorpe.

There was better news for Richie Smallwood, Joe Mattock and Richard Wood, who have all been offered fresh terms as the club prepare for life in League One.

 

Goalkeeper Camp’s exit is the most high-profile, but comes as little surprise. He spent most of the season in the treatment room with a knee injury, not playing since November, and he is a big earner.

The 32-year-old, who was the player of the season in 2015-16, is expected to join Cardiff.

“Campy has been brilliant, although this season this year has been cut really short by injury,” boss Paul Warne said.

“Players have a shelf-life at a club. He’s been a good servant to this club. I wish him all the best.”

There can’t have been too much time spent deliberating over the rest as Kelly, 33, did not play after March, Wilson made only nine appearances, Dawson never featured for the first team in 18 months, Ekstrand managed just one game in a short-term deal and Thorpe spent the season on loan at Bolton.

Loan players Scott Allan and Carlton Morris have returned to their respective parent clubs, Celtic and Norwich, while an offer has been made to Tom Adeyemi, with Warne receiving assurances that it will be accepted if the midfielder cannot get a suitable deal in the Championship.

The club will also trigger the year’s extension in Danny Ward’s contract, but he is still expected to be sold this summer.

The Millers are now waiting on the three players they have offered deals to.

 

All three men have expressed their desire to stay, but must decide if the terms offered are suitable.

Warne said of the trio: “I think Richie’s performances in the last few games have been excellent, he was outstanding in that run we had.

“His work ethic is great and he is an organiser as well.  Richie is really good value for money for me. If I go and replace Richie for similar wages I won’t find a player with so many attributes as him.

“I have always liked Joe. Under me he has been pretty good. Ben (Purrington) was brought in to compete with him but I think Joe has really taken the shirt back.

“He can play in a number of positions, he is enthusiastic, he wouldn’t win a quiz but I really like him around the place.

“Woody is a no-brainer. I spoke to my staff after every game of the last five and everyone said it was a no-brainer to keep him. I will try and do his deal on more of an appearance-related thing.”

Jonson Clarke-Harris signed a one-year contract earlier in the week.

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