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RUFC - What Happened To Our Wembley Heroes - 9

RUFC - What Happened To Our Wembley Heroes - 9

Ben Pringle

Ben's early career began at Wallsend Boys Club before he moved to West Brom as a trainee. 2007 saw him join non-league Newcastle Blue Star before moving to Morpeth Town and then Ilkeston where he made over fifty appearances. July 2009 saw him join Derby County and after impressing, and getting their Young Player of the Season award in his first year for his work in the Reserves, his contract was extended until the summer of 2012.

He joined the Millers in the summer of 2011 signing a two-year deal and making his debut in the first game of the season and scoring his first goal ten days later which was the winning goal away at Crewe. January 2013 saw Prings sign a new two-and-a-half year contract and helped the Millers to a double promotion, scoring the third penalty in the shoot-out at Wembley. At the end of that season he was in the League One PFA Team of the Year. There was speculation that the midfielder was interesting Premier League side Hull City but nothing came of it. In January 2015 Rotherham and Millwall agreed a deal for Ben but the player himself turned down the move and the club rubbished reports about him moving to Preston a few weeks later. The Millers offered Prings a new deal at the end of the 2014/15 season but he turned it down and instead signed for Fulham. All in all the midfielder played one hundred and sixty-eight games for Rotherham scoring twenty-two goals.

Prings played eighteen times for Fulham, his last game coming ironically against the Millers at Craven Cottage when he came off the bench for the last fifteen minutes in January. He spent the rest of the season on loan with Ipswich Town.

July 2016 saw him move to Preston North End for an undisclosed fee, on a three-year deal, a season which saw him make just fourteen appearances, just seven of those being starts, and didn't even feature on the bench between February and mid-April.

Speculation at the end of last season had the twenty-seven year old heavily linked with a move back to the New York Stadium.

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Date:Monday July 17 2017
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