League One league leaders Rotherham United have announced skipper Richard Wood has signed a new deal with the club until the end of next season.
The thirty-four-year-old has made one hundred and forty-three appearances for the Millers since joining from Charlton Atletic in 2014.
The former Coventry City and Sheffield United centre-back led Rotherham to promotion in 2018, scoring twice at Wembley in their playoff final victory over Shrewsbury Town.
He’s once again been a crucial figure this campaign, scoring three goals in the Millers past seven games as the South Yorkshire outfit have risen to the top of the third tier rankings.
A firm fan favourite, Wood referred to his very own terrace song when speaking of the deal to the club’s official website. He said: ‘I’m very happy, that’s why they call me the Magic Man – I’ve pulled another contract out the hat.’
The delighted Millers captain added: ‘I’m really pleased to get it sorted and I’m enjoying my football.’
‘The main aim is automatic promotion. Now I’ve got this deal sorted out I want us to push on and make sure we go up as champions, then, as club captain, I’ll be able to lift that trophy. That’s what we all want, and I definitely want it.’
The club’s current longest-serving player took time to settle in South Yorkshire. He initially spent time on loan at Crawley, Fleetwood, and Chesterfield before finally finding his feet, and his popularity at the club is clear from the response to the news on social media from thrilled and complimentary Millers fans.
Here is a small selection of responses to the news on Twitter.
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— Jacob Galloway (@GallowayJacob) February 3, 2020
Well deserved woody ! What a fantastic role model you are for my fantastic club . Good luck for the rest of the season and in the future !! UTM x
— Ian Taylor (@IanTayl80424302) February 4, 2020
I was tweeting about this last week so deserved on merit, the best Captain in the 50 years I've followed The Millers in my opinion. CONGRATULATIONS WOODY
— Nick Newsum (@nick_newsum) February 3, 2020
Our leader, well deserved?UTM ?⚪️
— Paul Delaney (@PaulDel666) February 3, 2020
Along with a Zimmer frame ? – sorry Richard. Seriously great news
— skippy (@dbartley29) February 3, 2020
You got to love @w00dy16 he’s so committed he puts even life long fans to shame ?
— chris maiden (@powerhaha) February 3, 2020
Great interview. His record when in the side in L1 is remarkable. Well deserved.
— Michael Whitehead (@mikew_83) February 3, 2020
richard wood is magicccc✨✨
— Holly Fletcher (@hollsfletcherr) February 3, 2020
Oooooh, Richard Wood is magic ??
— Adam Cawood (@AdamCawood) February 3, 2020