Former Yeovil Town winger/striker Paul Warne has agreed to spend a second year with League Two side Rotherham United. Despite hailing from Norfolk, the Millers are more or less Warney's 'home' club, having spent six years with them between 1999 and 2005 before moving on to Oldham Athletic and subsequently Yeovil Town. He will therefore clock up his eighth season in Yorkshire next year.
Warne suffered a lengthy injury during the season just gone that kept him out between November and April, but speaking to Rotherham's official site, Chief Operating Officer Paul Douglas is confident the 37 year old is over that, and says that he is still extremely fit, and will carry the title of Fitness Coach as well next season:
"We are delighted Paul has decided to extend his stay with Rotherham United. Paul was unlucky to pick up an injury in the game against Torquay (in November 2009) which kept him out of action for longer than we thought. However, he is now fully recovered and one of the fittest players at the club so we are looking forward to seeing him in a Millers shirt for another season."
Another former Glover at the Don Valley Stadium has not been so lucky. Right-back Mark Lynch has been shown the door after two years with the Millers, despite playing in 26 matches during the 2009-10 season, including their appearance in the League Two play-off final at Wembley, which was to be his last game. Released along with fellow defender Marc Joseph, Douglas said of the pair:
"We would like to thank both players for their contribution to the club. Both have shown excellent professionalism and commitment throughout their time here and we wish them all the best for the future."
Warney may be 37 years old, but he's a mere whippersnapper compared to Rob Cousins, who is still sticking his boots on at the age of 39. Yate Town manager Dave Mogg has offered him the position of player-coach along with another former Glover Matt Hale. Mogg had tried to get Cousins to move last November, and said at the time:
"I have known Rob for a long time, since we played together at Bath City, and he is not only an excellent footballer who has kept himself in tremendous shape but is also a really good lad. Unfortunately he has come to that point in his career where he is in and out of the side at Paulton, whereas he could come to Yate and be a regular member of the side. Rob knows how badly I want him and I'm trying to convince him to come to Yate."
Rob, who works as a pensions administrator for Hewlett Packard in Filton, made his 1,000th career appearance in football back in January, whilst playing for Paulton. Mogg has yet to get Cousins to sign on the dotted line for Yate, but is confident that his six month chase for the player will bear fruit shortly.
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