ROTHERHAM UNITED boss Paul Warne has praised the impact of Middlesbrough loanee Lewis Wing since he moved to the New York Stadium in January.

Wing was unable to play against his permanent employers last night, as Boro claimed a 2-1 victory in South Yorkshire, but Warne expects the North-Easterner to play a crucial role in the remaining five games of his survival battle.

After that, Wing will return to Teesside, with Neil Warnock having warned the 25-year-old he faces a major battle to secure a first-team place for next season.

For now though, Warne is simply delighted to have Wing in the Rotherham ranks as he attempts to claw back the four-point deficit currently separating his side from safety.

Warne said: "I’ve liked him for quite a few years now. There were a few moments where we were hoping something might happen, but he kept on signing better contracts at Middlesbrough.

"He’s a great kid. He’s one of those that’s always the most emotional when we lose, but that’s because it means so much to him. When Derby were playing the other night, he was on the phone sending me messages about what was going on.

"He’s right up for the fight, and he’s definitely added something to the team. His performances have been good for us, and he’s attacked well, he just hasn’t quite been able to get that goal yet.

"He’s a great trainer and a great pro. I appreciate he might have had other offers, but he’s here and he’s been great."