Date: 20th June 2017 at 5:25pm
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Blackburn have confirmed a deal for Rotherham’s Richie Smallwood.

Offered the chance to stay at the New York Stadium, Smallwood turned down the option of a new deal in favour of signing a contract at Ewood Park, despite reported Championship interest in the midfielder.

Smallwood, who worked under Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray at Middlesbrough, has put pen to paper on a two year deal becoming Rovers’ second summer signing after Cardiff’s Peter Whittingham recently.

Recalled from a loan at Scunthorpe to feature in the second half of Rotherham’s unsuccessful battle against Championship relegation, a fate shared by Blackburn of course, Smallwood, 26, made 133 appearances in total during his time with the Millers, helping them out of League One in 2014.

A Riverside Stadium academy graduate, Smallwood played under Mowbray at Middlesbrough for three years and will now work under the Blackburn boss again for the next two at least, Rovers also have the option of a further 12 months.

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