News about Cafu's contract that Rotherham United fans will love to hear

Former Nottingham Forest man Cafu has shown a lot in a short amount of time for Rotherham United. Picture: Jim BrailsfordFormer Nottingham Forest man Cafu has shown a lot in a short amount of time for Rotherham United. Picture: Jim Brailsford
Former Nottingham Forest man Cafu has shown a lot in a short amount of time for Rotherham United. Picture: Jim Brailsford
ROTHERHAM United have the option of keeping star man Cafu for an extra year, the Advertiser can reveal.

The news will delight Millers supporters who rate the cultured Portuguese midfielder as one of the most talented players ever to wear a red-and-white shirt.

The 30-year-old has played in only five league matches so far but has already proven to be a deadly playmaker and set-piece threat for his new club.

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His capture on a one-year contract in the summer following his exit from Premier League Nottingham Forest was a real coup for Rotherham as they seek to establish themselves in the second-tier following last term's survival feat.

The Millers can extend that deal by a further 12 months as long as they stay in the division again and certain other conditions are met.

“All being well, ‘Caf’ will be here for longer than a year,” said manager Matt Taylor. “It's obvious what kind of quality he brings to us.

"He gives us a measure of control and we've all seen how good he is on corners and free-kicks.

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“The arrival of (holding midfielder) Christ Tiehi has allowed him to play further up the pitch, which is where we can get the best out of him.”

Cafu has forged an effective partnership in the centre of the park with Tiehi and Ollie Rathbone and should be in the side as Rotherham travel to Huddersfield Town on Saturday looking to build on the superb 2-1 victory over Norwich City in their last match before the international break.

The Millers' initial ticket allocation of 1,500 quickly sold out and fans have subsequently snapped up the few hundred extra seats that have been made available by the Terriers.

Taylor's men have looked good at AESSEAL New York Stadium so far this term and now want to take that form with them on the road after two defeats on opposition soil.

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“We have to back ourselves in every game we play,” the boss said. “We want to improve our away form.

“It's a Yorkshire derby and we're not travelling a long distance. We'll have a big following and hopefully if the fans are in good voice it will be almost like a home game.”

During the two-week break, Taylor gathered his men at Roundwood and warned them that competition for places is hotting up as new signings are improving their sharpness and injured players are starting to return.

“I asked them to go hard at each other in training and, without a doubt, they've done that,” he said.

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“When these guys do that it's impressive to watch because we've got some physical specimens and we've got some good footballers. It's like the 'Clash of the Titans' at times.”

The Terriers match is the first of two away fixtures in succession, with the Millers heading to Millwall next Wednesday.