They were the mainstay of the Rotherham midfield for three-and-a-half successful years, but Lee Frecklington and Richie Smallwood are in opposite camps on Tuesday and the Millers skipper does not like the idea of coming up against his former team-mate.
Smallwood ended his impressive stay at the AESSEAL New York Stadium in the summer after rejecting a new contract, instead choosing to join Blackburn, who Rotherham visit on Tuesday.
Both Frecklington and Smallwood were involved in the major events of Rotherham’s recent history, from the memorable promotion season in 2013-14 to the great escape in 2015-16, and Frecklington misses him former partner.
“I don’t want to play against him, I like playing with him,” Frecklington said.
“I think everyone knows I was disappointed that Richie left, he is a good friend.
“I probably enjoyed playing with him more than anyone else in my career. I think we suited each other very well.
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“I knew wherever I went, he would not be moving from that position.
“Strong, great tackler, a winning mentality and I thought he was brilliant for Rotherham.
“Unfortunately, that happens in football, and he has moved on. I think it’s a great move for him, Blackburn is a fantastic club.”