Rotherham United plan to re-enter talks with Ben Pringle over a new contract in the first week in March.
The cultured midfielder has been a mainstay of the squad that has climbed two divisions in two seasons, but with his contract up at the end of the season, he has started to attract attention from other clubs.
Millwall failed to offer Pringle the desired personal terms to seal a move to the capital during the January transfer window, and Millers’ manager Steve Evans is keen to tie down one of the heroes of last season– as long as it suits the club.
“I had a chat with Ben this week and we’ve agreed that with two double-headers coming up the next two weeks, the following week gives us a free week to sit down and have a cup of coffee,” said Evans, suggesting talks will resume after the Millers host Cardiff on March 3. “He’s the most genuine, natural lad you could wish to meet, he’s been wonderful for this club.
“But it has to be right for us and for Ben, and I perhaps need to be an intermediary to get Ben closer to us and the club closer to Ben.
“If we can do that, then I’m sure we’ll reach an agreement.”
Rotherham head to Wolves today with memories of their remarkable 10-goal thriller from last Easter still fresh in the memory.
Evans, whose side lost 6-4, said: “It was such a wonderful football match, both sets of supporters were wonderful on the day and the fact they were chasing promotion created a carnival atmosphere.
“I remember them wishing us luck because they wanted us to join them, and, thankfully, we were able to do that.”
Crystal Palace’s Zeke Fryers has extended his loan spell at the New York Stadium until the end of the season.