Sam Clucas on the prospect of being a Rotherham United player next season

SAM Clucas is hoping his impressive form since his September move to Rotherham United will lead to the chance of an extended stay at AESSEAL New Stadium.
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The midfielder, who played in the Premier League earlier in his career, has been a regular starter under head coach Leam Richardson and made his 24th Millers appearance in last weekend's Championship clash at Queens Park Rangers.

His short-term contract is due to expire at the end of the season and he would be happy to enter into talks about a new deal.

“Yeah, 100 per cent,” said the 33-year-old former Stoke City man when the Advertiser asked him if he was open to the prospect of remaining in South Yorkshire.

Rotherham United midfielder Sam Clucas. Picture: Jim BrailsfordRotherham United midfielder Sam Clucas. Picture: Jim Brailsford
Rotherham United midfielder Sam Clucas. Picture: Jim Brailsford

“I'm enjoying it here. A good group of people work around the club. There are good fans and good players.”

Clucas, who moved to New York last September as a free agent when previous boss Matt Taylor was still in charge, isn't expecting any movement until bottom-placed Rotherham's battle for second-tier survival is over and the club know which division they will be in next term.

“It's a difficult situation for them at the moment,” he said. “I'm guessing they'll wait until the end of the season and see where we're at. I know there's a few other players out of contract as well. It's going to be a big summer.”

The Lincoln-born veteran experienced top-flight football with Hull City and Swansea City, with the latter paying the Tigers £16.5 million for him in 2017.

A year later, Stoke took him from South Wales to the bet365 Stadium for £6m and he remained there until the end of last term.

The class of the left-footer, who has scored 66 goals in 470 outings in 15 years as a pro, has never been in doubt and Millers fans have warmed to the work rate and commitment of a player who has no thoughts of retirement despite his advancing age.

“I adore playing football,” he said. “I'll keep playing until I get told that I can't play anymore. Growing up as a kid, I wanted to be a footballer. For me, I'm still living the dream. It doesn't matter how old I am, I'll give my all in every game.”