BEN Purrington has signed for Rotherham United.Ben has been a Pilgrim for more than a decade. The left-back joined Argyle's centre of excellence at the age of nine, in 2005, impressing at every age-group level, before signing an apprenticeship deal in the summer of 2012.
He did not serve the whole course - on his 17th birthday Ben signed a professional contract, and on Boxing Day 2013, still five months shy of his 18th birthday, Ben made his full debut, starting Argyle's 3-2 win at Oxford United.
Now 20, Ben has made 64 appearances for Argyle - including 46 starts - and has scored one goal, which came in his fourth game, in an FA Cup tie at Port Vale.
Until this season, Ben has typically played an understudy role in the squad, often filling in ably as cover for injuries. He has played several time in the centre of midfield, demonstrating this versatility.
But it is as a left-back than Ben has shone, never more so than this season, when asked to step up in the wake of Gary Sawyer's long term setback. That such an accomplished left-back as Gary has not been missed, because of Ben's fine performances, is a tribute to how well Purrington has done.
Included in Ben's 25 appearances this season have been exceptional showings against Liverpool, and a string of performances that earned him the Sky Bet League Two. PFA Fans' Player of the Month award for October.
Ben moves on to Sky Bet Championship side Rotherham United, subject to EFL and FA ratification, for an undisclosed fee, and with our very best wishes, and hearty thanks.
Good luck, Ben.