Here we pick out our Rotherham United team of the decade – find out who makes the cut below!
GK – Lee Camp
There are a few good candidates for Rotherham’s best ‘keeper of the decade. But in the end, 2015/16 Player of the Year Lee Camp came out on top.
Joining in the summer of 2015, he became one of the Millers’ best signings of recent years. He was truly superb for Rotherham and was irreplaceable as he made some top saves to help them somehow avoid relegation under Neil Warnock.
RB- James Tavernier
Now we have, who I would argue, is Rotherham’s best loan signing of the decade.
Tavernier joined the Millers from Newcastle without much fanfare, but when he stepped out onto the pitch he quickly gained the love and admiration of the Rotherham faithful.
He could defend, but going forward as a wing-back he was unbelievable to watch and at times he was just unplayable for the opponents.
Tavernier scored some cracking goals and put in some stellar displays as he helped his side to League One promotion in 2013/14.
CB – Semi Ajayi
The former-Arsenal youngster joined from Neil Warnock’s Cardiff in 2017, and he turned out to be a great present from the old Millers boss.
Ajayi was very raw when he joined the club, but he came on immensely in the two-and-a-half years he spent at the club.
He was always prone to a mistake or two, but you could always tell when watching him that he was a special talent.
Superb on the ball, good in the air and commanding at the back. Since joining West Brom he has kicked on again and has been one of their best players all season.
CB – Craig Morgan
Captain Morgan. Steve Evans took a gamble on Craig Morgan after he was released by Preston, and this paid off big time.
He quickly established himself in the first team and was a star performer as Rotherham went up through the divisions.
Morgan was given the captain’s armband at the start of the 2013/14 season. He was a huge presence at the back as Rotherham won the League One Play-Off final and then secured safety in the Championship.
LB – Joe Mattock
Mattock is currently Rotherham’s longest-serving player, in his fifth season with the club.
The ex-Sheffield Wednesday man has been one of the Millers’ most consistent performers throughout the five years.
At the end of last season, Mattock was voted the club’s Player’s Player of the Year. This is a testament to the type of character and quality of player he is, that he is so well respected and admired by his teammates.
CDM – Kari Arnason
Onto the midfielders now, and who better to start with than Rotherham’s very own iceman, Kari Arnason.
Arnason has arguably gone onto have the best career out of anyone since leaving Rotherham, shining against big names in the Champions League and European Championships for Malmo and Iceland respectively.
Throughout his time with Rotherham, Arnason was regularly a fan favourite in the eyes of the supporters. He played most of his football in defence but because of his style, he was always going to make a mistake from time-to-time.
But when he was switched to play as a holding midfielder, Arnason came into his own and was truly superb as he would run games all on his own. A class act on and off the pitch, Arnason thoroughly deserves a place in this team.
RM – Lee Frecklington
The most difficult position to pick from for this decade is the centre midfielders, which is why Lee Frecklington has to play on the right in this team!
There was no way that ‘Frecks’ could not be in this team. He was an absolute colossus during his five years with the club.
He was and still is loved by everyone at the club, and the most impressive thing was that love was completely reciprocated from Frecklington back to the club.
Dynamic, leader, passion, goals. A lot of words can be used to describe Frecklington’s time as a Miller. He was truly exceptional and a proper Rotherham player.
CM – Will Vaulks
Like Ajayi, Vaulks was signed as a young and still quite inexperienced player who had a lot to prove. Vaulks’ game grew enormously during his three years at the New York Stadium.
He was another player who summed up Rotherham with his great work ethic and commitment to the cause.
It is hard to sum up what type of midfielder Vaulks is because he has so much going for him with his quality going forward as well as at the back.
This shows how driven Vaulks is to succeed, which eventually earned him a move to Cardiff City and a place in this team.
CM – Richie Smallwood
Smallwood joined the Millers in January 2014 from Middlesbrough, and he was a key member of the squad that won the League One Play-Off Final, and the midfielder scored the decisive penalty that earned the Millers promotion.
His partnership with Lee Frecklington would become a hallmark of Rotherham during Smallwood’s time at the club. They complimented each other brilliantly, as Smallwood’s great defensive abilities shone through on many occasions.
For me, Frecklington, Vaulks and Smallwood had to be in the team of the decade. They all were fully dedicated and wore the Rotherham shirt with a lot of pride. Not only that but all of them were top quality players who were brilliant servants to the club.
LM – Ben Pringle
A controversial figure among some fans, but you cannot dispute how great of a player Ben Pringle was for Rotherham United.
He found it tough to start, but once Steve Evans joined the club, he earned a regular place in the team and went from strength to strength.
Pringle was one of Rotherham’s shining lights in their consecutive promotion seasons and was their chief creative force with his wand of a left foot.
The best form of his career came with Rotherham, as he was one of the best players in League One at his tilt, so he fully warrants a place in the team.
ST – Adam Le Fondre
Finally, we come to the striker and who else could we finish with other than Adam Le Fondre. Signed from Rochdale in 2009, he would have a great two years with the Millers.
He was the most clinical striker there has been at Rotherham for quite some time, and he was absolutely adored by the fans because of it.
Le Fondre was comfortably Rotherham’s top scorer of the decade and his brilliant record of 58 goals in 105 games means that there really was not anyone else who could have got into the team over him.