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Lucas Looks Ahead: GUESS WHO'S BACK

January 29, 2018

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Well, well, well. Have I woken up yet? What a day! You just know now that Millwall, in true Millwall style, will head up to Spotland and lose the 4th Round Replay. A shot at Tottenham at home (given they also beat Newport at Wembley) would mean a packed out Den, surely- especially with Tim Cahill re-signing!

 

The deal for everyone's favourite Australian is done, with him set to be re-introduced to the fans tomorrow night ahead of the game with Derby. At 38, we don't now how much he'll offer on the pitch, but if he has retained that famous leap and knack for important goals,  it'll be a worthwhile return. The financial benefits from shirt sales and boosted ticket sales will help the club massively too, with Timmy finally back home- more than 13 years after leaving.

 

Cahill: "It's an amazing feeling. To finally come home and to join Neil Harris, David Livermore and all the lads will be really special. I can't wait to greet the fans, meet my new team-mates, it's one of those things where it's meant to be

 

"The romance of the story is definitely not lost on me. I've always said that if I came back to England, I'd come home. Millwall is where I learnt my trade and it was the most important training period of my life- my apprenticeship in understanding football

 

"To come home to where it all started, it's emotional, but it's happy emotions, because you wish for it to happen, you want it to happen, but when it finally comes to fruition, it's the perfect move

 

"It's hard to put into words. I'm still taking it in now. The first thing I wanted to do when with Neil was to walk on the pitch and in the tunnel and have that feeling again that brings back so many memories

 

"I've followed the highs and lows and what Neil has done with the football club. The stability, the infrastructure and the vision moving forward in what they want to achieve. I'm really proud of everyone at the football club.

 

"I was really impressed with the way Neil and David Livermore conducted themselves when we spoke. Yes, we're mates, but it's also business. He understands that it's a results game for him, but I also understand that there's levels that need to be met."

 

"I'm naturally really pleased," said the boss. "First and foremost, Tim comes with a wealth of experience. Not just in the footballing world, but for this football club. It might have been just over 13 years since he left, but this place doesn't change.

 

"There's still the same morals and principles and it's a workman-like football club. Tim has been around the world playing, but his attitude, his discipline and his lifestyle hasn't changed one bit. In so many ways, he is still the kid I used to share a dressing room with years ago.

 

"The players will thrive off the enthusiasm that he brings. When I played with him, I appreciated what he did. Since then, I've followed his career and admired what he has done and I know full well what he can bring to my dressing room.

 

"He is a different player to what he was years ago - he plays a little higher up the park now. At 38, he is in terrific shape. To start with, we are thinking about impact - someone to come off of the bench and give us that little lift, someone to lift the crowd and someone to pass on that knowledge when in front or behind."

 

Harris also cited the Aussie's committment to the cause as a main reason behind the coup.

 

"I'm really pleased. It's taken us January to get there, but the reason we're here is because of Tim's committment to come. He had lots of offers, lots of places around the world that he could've gone to, but he chose Millwall. I'm delighted to be bringing him into the squad."

 

"What he will bring into the dressing room is standards and leadership. He lives his life in the right manner. He'll be the first in and the last to leave. He'll add to the leadership we already have at the club in Steve Morison and Tony Craig. Because of the shape he is in, he'll demand everyone is at that level.

 

"At 3pm on a Saturday afternoon we'll have a benefit, but from 9-5 every day of the week, he'll have an input."

 

Not that anyone's going to be too bothered now, but there has been some other transfer news this week!

 

Young left back Harry Toffolo joined from Norwich on a free transfer this morning, having returned to them after breaking his foot. Millwall had been watching him for two seasons now, and he was keen to sign. A player with a high ceiling, the deal to the end of the season gives both parties flexibility and he provides a good option.

 

 

Kris Twardek also moved to Carlisle this week, on loan till the end of the season. With full back James Brown already at the club, Twardek has a friendly face and is set to get plenty of game time there. He won man of the match on his debut, a 1-0 win in League Two. 

 

The Lions, according to reports, are still looking to complete one more signing- a winger on loan. No names have been mentioned since Josh Sims early in the window, however.

 

That one signing, Ben Marshall (on loan from Wolves), was completed on deadline day. Marshall will offer some pace and skill, mainly down the left, an improvement on what we currently have.

 

There were rumours linking the Lions with a move for Jamie Ward, then at Nottingham Forest, but these appear to be fake.

 

Millwall stalwart Tony Craig also departed the club on Tuesday. After 323 appearances (300 of those starts) for the Lions, he had his contract cancelled in order to allow him to complete a move to Bristol Rovers. I'm sure his leadership and experience will prove pivotal for the Pirates, especially with TC's knowhow on getting out of League One. Thank you TC.

 

 

 

 

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