STRIKE pair Jamie Proctor and Michael Smith have both signed extended deals with Rotherham United.
And, says Paul Warne, "it wasn't a hard negotiation."
Smith has signed until June 2022 and Proctor until June 2021, subject to FA and EFL ratification.
Both aged 26 and coming into their prime, the pair are seen as a big part of the club's plans going forward.
Warne told the Advertiser: "Certain players suit certain clubs and both Smith and Proctor are great number nines.
"Good strikers are so rare, especially these two because they're a dying breed. They work hard, they're strong in the air, they lead the line really well and both of them like it here and are committed to the cause.
"Jamie Proctor and Michael Smith were more than happy to re-sign. It wasn't a hard negotiation. They're really pleased to be here, as we all are."
Smith signed on a free from Bury last January in the wake of Kieffer Moore's departure. Although the newcomer had big boots to fill and hasn't been a prolific scorer, his all-round game and strength has turned him into a regular.
Proctor has been held back by injury since signing from Bolton last summer but now over a groin problem, he will be back available after the international break.
"Proctor will be back for the next game hopefully against Bolton and play a big part in the next game and the remainder of the season," added Warne.
More on this in tomorrow's Advertiser.
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