Rotherham manager Paul Warne is unlikely to stand in Ben Purrington’s way should he want to return to Charlton.

The left-back, 23, spent a successful six-months working under Lee Bowyer at The Valley, culminating in a goal scoring appearance in the 2-1 play-off final win over Sunderland at Wembley.

Purrington, who moved to the Yorkshire club from Plymouth Argyle in 2017, spent the first half of the season on loan at AFC Wimbledon after being kept out of The Millers side by Rotherham’s Players Player of the Year Joe Mattock.

“If Ben wants to come back and compete, then that is absolutely fine,” the manager told the Rotherham Advertiser.

“I haven't shut the door on him, anything but.

“If he comes back in pre-season and knocks Joe out of the water, then fine.

“If he comes back and thinks it's going to be too difficult to get back in the team and wants to go and play somewhere else, that would be a different conversation.”

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With Rotherham relegated to League One and Charlton moving up to the Championship, Purrington admitted he was ‘100% open’ to staying with the Addicks and that he would like a crack at the second tier after not getting a chance with The Millers.

Whether Lee Bowyer and Charlton are eager to re-sign the left back could depend on the fitness of Lewis Page who has recently returned to the fold after missing the majority of the season through injury.

Another stumbling block could be that The Miller's would seek to cash in on a player they forked out £300,000 on, with one year left on his contract rather than head out on loan again.

Purrington’s arrival in January solved Bowyer’s ‘problem position’ as he made 21 appearances scoring one goal, the crucial equaliser at Wembley.


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