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Lee Frecklington's best goals for Rotherham

Rotherham midfielder Lee Frecklington has become the latest player to sign a new contract, following in the footsteps of goalkeeper Adam Collin.

The new deal is a reward for a fantastic two years at the Millers, where he played an integral role in back-to-back promotions.

Although he has recently lost his place in Steve Evans' side, the 29-year-old remains an integral part of the furniture with the Millers and will stay at New York until 2017.

The former Peterborough man has scored 18 goals in 101 outings in a red shirt and many of them have been crackers.

Here's a look at the best of them.

Aldershot (Recreation Ground, October 20 2012)

Frecklington did not take long to make an impact following his move to Rotherham from Peterborough and scored just 34 minutes into his debut. 

He started as he meant to go on too as a loose ball fell to him on the edge of the area and he controlled it before hitting a sumptuous half-volley into the top corner. 

Not  a bad way to introduce yourself!

Stevenage (New York, November 3 2012)

The Millers gave everyone a taste of what was on the horizon with a superb FA Cup victory over Stevenage, who were residing near the top of League One when they visited their League Two hosts, and it was Frecklington who was at the forefront. 

With Evans' men already in front, Frecklington doubled their lead with a fine first-time strike from 20 yards which whizzed past Steven Arnold and into the bottom corner.

Aldershot (New York, April 27 2013)

Frecklington was taking a shine to playing against Aldershot and his third goal of the season against them was the one that sent him into Millers folklore. 

With the hosts already 1-0 up and heading towards League One, Frecklington coolly slotted home on the break to score the promotion-clinching goal. 

It was not his best effort, albeit still an assured finish, but it was probably the most important. 

He was immediately submerged by thousands of delirious Millers fans who invaded the pitch to celebrate the glory and he had the bruises to show for it.

Crewe Alexandra (Gresty Road, August 3 2014)

It didn’t take long for Frecklington to get going with the spectacular goals in League One as he rescued a point for the Millers in an entertaining 3-3 opening-day draw at Crewe.

Having already volleyed in from the edge of the area earlier in the game, he went one better with his injury-time strike. 

Alex Revell knocked down a long throw and from 20 yards Frecklington showed great technique to hit a first-time rising volley into the top corner. 

He sprinted off into the crowd and the tone was set for a fantastic season.

Sheffield Wednesday (New York, August 6 2014)

Any Rotherham player who scores against Sheffield Wednesday goes straight into folklore, but they will be talking about this goal for years to come. 

After Ben Pringle had already lit up New York with his opener, it was Frecklington’s turn to wow the crowd. 

Wednesday failed to deal with a set-piece and after Michael O’Connor passed to his midfield colleague, Frecklington shifted the ball to his right and then unleashed a rocket that flew into the top corner. 

It was fit to win any match, but it gave the Millers a first home win over the Owls in 37 years.

Preston North End (Deepdale, February 25 2014)

This was a rare strike inside the penalty area for Frecklington but one full of skill and technique. 

In the opening exchanges of a high-stakes clash, James Tavernier fired in a low pass to the midfielder on the edge of the area which was slightly behind his stride. 

Frecklington showed superb skill to collect the ball, set it in front of him and then fire a delightful finish into the roof of the net from an acute angle.

Oldham Athletic (Boundary Park, March 11 2014)

You will never get bored of watching this goal. Arguably his most spectacular effort for the Millers, Pringle slipped him the ball 30 yards out and with space to run into, Frecklington’s first touch controlled and his second arrowed an unstoppable effort into the top corner. 

It gave the Millers a two-goal lead, nearly broke the net and was good enough to settle any clash.

Preston North End (New York, May 15 2014)

In terms of the spectacular this doesn’t come close to some of others, but its importance cannot be understated. 

With the play-off semi-final finely poised in the second leg at 1-1 on the night and 2-2 on aggregate, Frecklington came up with a fine header that gave the Millers a crucial advantage. 

It was typical of him as well, as he arrived late to get on the end of a pinpoint Pringle cross and placed his effort into the bottom corner. 

The hosts went on to book their place at Wembley and the rest is history.

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