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Transfer Gossip: Whites Target Fails to Agree New Deal

Craig Morgan will be leaving Rotherham United for nothing this summer.

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Before the season had even come to its underwhelming conclusion, Bolton Wanderers manager, Neil Lennon, seemed as if he was already on the prowl to make summer additions to his squad. With Rotherham United captain, Craig Morgan, emerging as one of his top targets.

The burly 29 year-old centre back had gone on record to say that he would have been more than happy to stay at the New York Stadium, saying:

"I am settled here, I like what it's about. I enjoy being captain.

I am captain of the football club, and I have always said if the offer in front of me is in keeping with the football club then I will happily sign it tomorrow.

If it's right, I want to be at Rotherham United."

The deal doesn't appear to be right however, as it was announced today that Morgan and the Millers have failed to come to an agreement and thus the Flint-born defender, who was pivotal in their Championship survival last term, will be released by the club once his contract expires.

This can only be good news for Lennon, who's had his eyes on Morgan for a while now, seeing him as the ideal replacement for our own departing skipper, Matt Mills (who looks as if may be joining up with Dougie at Nottingham Forest).

The time for Lennon to swoop in and capture one of his big targets may be opportune.

As most us would not claim to know much about Morgan, we talked to Rotherham supporter James Annett, who gave us a slight insight in to Morgan's time in the Championship this season:

Morgan found it very hard at the beginning of the Championship, after promotion, to settle into the team. He seemed to be getting caught out by better quality strikers and to be too slow to compete. However, when he missed out through injuries or suspensions you could see how sorely missed he was. He finally came good towards the back end of season and showed the qualities he had been showing during the rise through divisions.

The exit of their skipper isn't the only bad news for Millers fans today either, as a cruel double blow sees long serving winger, Ben Pringle, also decline an offer of a contract extension and he will also be departing the club in the summer on a free.

With our finances in the state that it is, it's not out of the realms of possibility that Lennon will double dip on Rotherham's suffering and also go for Pringle. So we asked James for a bit of info on him too:

Pringle also found it very difficult at championship level. If given time and space to cross a ball he can be deadly, hence why he was one of the best players in League One in the season we were promoted. However, when he comes up against teams who are pressing hard he finds it hard to get involved in the game and he can rarely beat a man due to his lack of pace. If you're on top in games you've acquired yourselves a good player, who always gives 100% and never stops running, but just a little limited.

You can follow James on Twitter @JamesA1996.