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Rotherham United re-sign Richie Smallwood

19 August 2014

Rotherham United have re-signed Wembley hero Richie Smallwood on an emergency loan, with the view to a permanent deal.

The 23-year-old made 18 appearances for the Millers last season on loan from Middlesbrough and his final act was to kick the winning penalty in the play-off final shootout against Leyton Orient which sealed promotion to the Championship.

Smallwood went back to Boro in the summer with the intention of winning a place in Aitor Karanka's side after the club exercised a one-year option on his contract and turned down two bids from the Millers.

But following the arrival of Adam Clayton, the midfielder has slipped down the pecking order and has sealed a return to New York Stadium where his move will become permanent.

The two clubs are discussing terms of that deal, with Boro reported to have accepted a £175,000 bid.

However, the emergency loan deal, which is subject to Football League ratification, will allow Smallwood to be involved in the Millers' Championship clash with Watford on Tuesday.

Boss Steve Evans said: "With the absence of Rob Milsom we needed some cover with some important matches coming up.

"I have always spoken about my admiration of Richie as a player, and there's no Millers supporter who would not think that he played a massive part in our promotion from League One last season including a man-of-the-match performance at Wembley.

"I have made it clear to my chairman that if it is at all possible, I would like this to become a permanent signing, and he has assured me he'll do everything in his power to make that happen."

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