Rotherham United defender Akeem Hinds has signed a new one-year deal with the club.
The young defender experienced his first full year as a professional last term, and is looking to continue his development into his second year as a pro with the club.
A product of the Rotherham United Academy, Hinds has tasted first-team football with two appearances in the Checkatrade Trophy at the back end of 2017, but now wants to use his latest opportunity as a chance to kick on to the next stage of his development.
He told www.themillers.co.uk: “I think as the season has gone on, you can see the gaffer and the first-team staff have looked to give some of the younger lads a chance. Ben Wiles and his journey so far is a great example for me, so this is a great place to be at the moment as I look to kick on in the early stages of my career. I think I have a great opportunity now to work hard, and show that I am capable of getting into the first-team.”
The full-back also had the opportunity of training with the first-team on a weekly basis, and he says the step up has given him the opportunity to learn from a host of senior players, including Joe Mattock, who has passed on some valuable information on playing in the left-back role.
Akeem added: “There are some great people here for me to learn from. The likes of Richard Wood, Will Vaulks and Semi Ajayi to name a few are first class professionals who set the right examples at first-team level. I enjoyed learning from them last season, and training with them on a regular basis has given me a good idea of where I need to be.
“In my position, Joe Mattock is someone who is also a great role model. He’s always giving me sound advice on the training field, and I’m lucky to be able to work with someone who has consistently set high standards over a long period of time.”
Hinds knows the importance of the upcoming pre-season, and is determined to use the time away as a springboard to help reach the heights he knows are required if he is to battle it out with some seasoned performers at professional level.
He continued: “I think now it is up to me to make sure I come back for the start of pre-season in good shape. I then need to impress the staff and we’ll see what happens from there. Pre-season is the most important time for me now, it is a chance to put a platform together to work from, that’ll be my main focus because a good pre-season can set you up for the following months of the campaign.”
Meanwhile, the club can confirm discussions are continuing with other first-team players with a retained list due to be released before Friday this week.11 BUSINESS NUGGETS FROM SUPER EAGLES BRONZE MEDAL TRIUMPH. The content of this ebook will propel you above your competition. DOWNLOAD NOW!!!