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Ben Pringle's top five moments at Rotherham

After four years with the Millers Ben Pringle left in the summer after rejecting a new contract and subsequently joined Fulham

The 25-year-old had a magical last three seasons at the club, playing an integral role in back-to-back promotions and then helping the Millers seal their Championship safety this time around.

Here's a look at his top five moments in a red and white shirt ahead of his return with the Cottagers on Saturday.

Making a point


Steve Evans takes pride in reminding everyone that it was him that gave Pringle the platform to perform with the Millers after Andy Scott, having brought him to the club, chose not to play him very often. Evans refers to him as being 'locked in a cupboard' but when unleashed Pringle took little time in showing exactly what he was capable of. After finishing the 2011/12 season off strongly in Evans' first few weeks in charge, he was first choice at the start of the following campaign and had already scored in two of the first three games. He was flying by the time Bradford came to the brand-new New York Stadium and put in a performance to remember. He was involved in the opening two goals as the Millers ran riot and then capped it off with a fine solo goal in the 34th minute, picking the ball up in the centre circle before advancing and curling a shot home from the edge of the area.




Killing pigs


Pringle wrote himself into club folklore after he scored a stunning goal in Rotherham's Capital One Cup success over Sheffield Wednesday in 2013. Latching on to a loose ball just inside the angle of the penalty area, Pringle rifled an outstanding rising half-volley into the top corner which left former England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland grasping at air. That was a goal fit enough to win any game but it was his antics on Twitter after the game that really endeared him to Millers fans as he took to the social media site that evening to pronounce himself the 'Pig Killer'. His tweet went viral and earned his legendary status at New York.




Delivering the Millers to Wembley

Pringle's magic left foot had been a real weapon throughout the entire 2013/14 campaign, with his ability to whip in a dangerous delivery causing mayhem in opposition defences. This was never more evident than in the second leg of the play-off semi-final with Preston as Pringle's superb individual performance helped take the Millers to Wembley. First it was his superb delivery which allowed Wes Thomas to glance home a leveller and shortly afterwards he was at it again as he put in a pinpoint cross for Lee Frecklington to head the Millers in front. After the break he almost got a goal which his performance deserved but his volley from 18 yards hit the bar. But it was his display with the nation watching that made him a stand-out name in the Millers camp.




Coping with Wembley pressure


Despite their impressive comeback from two goals down in the play-off final against Leyton Orient, it still looked as if it might not be the Millers' day when Lee Frecklington missed the second penalty in the shootout. After Joel Lundstram put Orient 2-1 up, Pringle made his way to the spot with the pressure firmly on and knowing if the Millers were going to win he realistically had to score. Well it was never in any doubt as that trusted left foot pinged his effort from 12 yards staright down the middle and kept the Millers in it. That allowed Adam Collin to do his stuff later on in the shootout and the rest is history. And who was the first one to celebrate with Collin? Yep, it was Pringle and who said he has no pace?








Chasing the prize

It has not only been the 'wand' of a left foot which has made Pringle such an asset to the Millers. His desire and work-rate goes well beyond what most other wide players have offered over the same period of time for the club. And when Blackburn visited New York in September, Pringle was in the assists again, but it wasn't his usual method of creativity that helped the Millers score. This time as Rovers defender Ryan Tunnicliffe dithered with the ball, he was chased and harried by Pringle, eventually forcing Tunnicliffe to pass back to his goalkeeper from an acute angle. That meant Jason Steele could not get sufficient purchase on his clearance and it clattered into the legs of Luciano Becchio and went in. Becchio claimed the goal but it was Pringle who took the credit as he proved that hard work does pay off.



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