Richard Wood is ready to be the old head in a young dressing room after signing a new deal at Rotherham.
The centre-half, almost 32, is expected to be one of the most experienced players as Paul Warne builds a fresh squad for their League One battle next season.
Wood, who captained the side in the absence of Lee Frecklington last term, has agreed terms on a one-year deal at New York Stadium and wants to help bring success back to the club.
“The manager sees me as an experienced player, which I think I am, and hopefully I can help the dressing room and that’s why the club wanted to keep me,” he said.
“I’m really happy to play that role and I think that’s what I’m in the squad for, to sort of look after the dressing room with the captain Frecks as well.
“I’m very happy, I’m settled and although we got relegated last year, I’m looking forward to a good season and winning plenty of matches.
“I’m hoping I can help the younger players and guide them and give them that advice in their careers really.
“I want to lead by example on the field and off it.
“I was very keen to stay and that’s why I’ve signed.”
Wood will not want to restrict his role to a non-playing one, however.
The defender is a self-confessed grump when he is not in the side and will be keen to be on the teamsheet when the season gets under way in August.
“I think he’s certainly one of those players that enjoys proving people wrong and I’m sure he’s probably been written off here a couple of times,” assistant Richie Barker said.
“I’m sure he’ll come back determined and wanting to play every week and he’s the sort of player, whose experience and attitude around the place on a daily basis, is invaluable.
“Obviously we want him out on the pitch, but he’s a good character and a good leader.
“He will bring plenty to the dressing room, not just on the pitch, that was another reason we wanted to keep him.”
Wood’s new deal could send Kirk Broadfoot a step closer to the Millers exit door.
The 32-year-old Scot, who has been linked with a move to Kilmarnock, has been told by the club that they would not stand in his way of a move away.
Richie Smallwood is the only remaining player offered a new deal not to have informed the club of his decision and the chances of an exit look ever increasing.