BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Rotherham United assistant boss Richie Barker has hinted that Ben Purrington will be second-choice left-back next season – which could pave the way for a Charlton Athletic return.
The Addicks have lined up a number of deals but the future of Lee Bowyer – set to be determined today – will influence matters.
Purrington spent the second half of the 2018-19 campaign with Charlton and scored their equaliser at Wembley as the SE7 outfit went on to win 2-1.
The Addicks are thought to be open to a fresh deal for Purrington, 23, but will be the lowest spenders in the Championship.
“Ben has just had a season where he’s played more than 50 games and, understandably, he must be keen to do that again next year,” Barker told The Star.
“Sometimes you find it very difficult once you’ve played on a regular basis to come back and be an understudy to someone.
“Unfortunately for him, he is understudy to probably the most consistent left-back in League One. Joe Mattock has just been voted our Players’ Player of the Year.
“If Ben played in any other position, he’d come back and probably go straight back in the team.”