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Odemwingie gets early Christmas present

Africa Focus By: Jide Alaka | 23/12/2016

Osaze Odemwingie may be about to get an extended contract with Rotherham United in the Championship after the interim manager talked up his qualities.


The former Super Eagles striker's current contract is expected to expire in January 2017 but Rotherham’s interim manager, Paul Warne has said he would like to keep the 35-year-old, who has played just once for the bottom-placed side.


Odemwingie signed a three-month contract in October, which could now change to that for a whole season.


Warney told the club’s official website, “He looks after himself really well.


“When he got sent off and there was a big hoo-ha about it I said you wouldn't meet a nicer man and a better pro." Odemwingie has played just five times for the Championship strugglers and got sent off against Leeds in a 2-1 loss on November 26.


“Although, of course, we all know that his success is down to the fact that he's had his hair cut like his Manager! He's been brilliant in training and is as sharp as a razor blade.'


And part of the reason why Warney wants the club to keep the striker is because he offers a different skill set to the other strikers.


“He has something we haven't got a lot of. Ability is like gold dust here. We have really hard working lads but yes, I'd like to keep hold of him and the lads love him as well.


“With the career, he's had and to come here and to buy into what we're doing and he trains hard, is always smiling, he's a good bloke.


“I've spoken to the Chief Executive, the Head of Recruitment, the Chairman and given my opinion on Peter and I'd like to keep him,” he added. Those words of confidence must be the best Christmas present for Odemwingie and his family.