Super vet ‘Warney’ turns back the clock

Senior service: Veteran Paul Warne made a real impact in his first Millers appearance this season

Senior service: Veteran Paul Warne made a real impact in his first Millers appearance this season

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ROTHERHAM United manager Andy Scott has hailed the all-round influence of Paul Warne after the veteran made a telling contribution at Gillingham on Tuesday in his first appearance of the season.

The 38-year-old, who has cult status amongst Millers followers, had a significant impact after he replaced Shaun Harrad with just over half-an-hour to go.

“Paul has been itching to be involved and he was outstanding when he went on,” said Scott.

“We needed a bit of experience down there and he certainly made an impact and he is someone who gets people going.

“He has such enthusiasm, is such a good pro and is great to have around. He’s such a good example to others in the way he works and has looked after himself.

“There’s been a problem with his Achilles, we watch that, but you have to rein him in or else he’d go off and do a hundred sit-ups or something. At times he’s like a hyperactive child but he knows what he can do and what he can’t although he thinks he should be starting!”

Scott explained that Harrad felt the effects of four games in 12 days when not having played for a long time and monitored the fitness of Richard Naylor and Kieron Cadogan and felt it wise not to involve them. We had them hanging on the final half-hour,” said Scott. “Earlier this season that might have been us. It shows how far we’ve come.”