NEW dad Michael Ihiekwe has been rewarded for his impressive Championship form for Rotherham United with a one-year contract extension.
The centre-half has played his part in the Millers' six-match unbeaten run since returning from a loan spell at Accrington Stanley and the club today took up their option to add 12 months to his deal which had been due to expire at the end of June.
"He had his first child a few weeks ago and it's nice to give him with the security of another year," manager Paul Warne said.
"If he continues to play the way he has been, come the summer I will speak to him again. For now, the option takes that 'not knowing' out of the equation."
Ihiekwe featured in last season's League One promotion campaign after arriving from non-league Tranmere Rovers but found himself out of the first-team frame earlier this term and joined Accrington.
He came back to AESSEAL New York Stadium in January and has fought his way into the Rotherham side.
"Icky's done really well in the Championship," Warne said. "There are question marks over some parts of his game, as there are with all our players, but he's knuckled down and at the moment he's the best he can be. We're really pleased with him."
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