Millwall look to have completed their first signing for the summer with Eastbourne Borough announcing that Harry Ransom will join the Lions at the end of the season.
Neil Harris told the South London Press last week that he was keen to sign the young defender who currently plays under Eastbourne's caretaker manager Mark McGhee - who was in charge at The Den from 2000-2003.
Ransom is a popular figure on the South coast and is known to be good on the ball whilst also reaching a height of over six feet.
A number of EFL clubs were said to be interested in signing him but the Lions won the race and will be hoping he can be a Lions star in a few years' time - much like Steve Morison and Lee Gregory did after they stepped up from non-league to move to SE16.
“It suits all parties,” explained Borough chairman John Bonar. “Harry will train at Millwall during the week, but will be back at the Lane for Borough’s Thursday night training sessions and available for selection by Mark McGhee for the Saturday. I know that some media reports suggested that this weekend, against Bath City, would be his last game, but we can now clarify the agreement.
“We are delighted for Harry, who came through our youth ranks and was frankly always destined for a level of football above National South. This represents very good business for all parties – but just as importantly, we are doing the right thing for Harry Ransom in human terms and we will be proud to follow his future progress in the game. I know that all supporters will join me in wishing Harry well.”
Eastbourne assistant Danny Bloor added: “Harry is an absolute role model for any youngster. He looks after himself well, conducts himself immaculately, and works really hard at his game. He is not yet the finished article, but he has always been keen to take advice, and eager to learn from both the staff and the senior players around him.
“We were quick to sign Harry on a pro contract on his eighteenth birthday – eighteen months ago, while he was still an Academy player, because the potential was very clear. He is a smashing lad, with a lovely family who support him all the way. I’m sure he will now finish his Borough phase of his career in style. We will certainly miss him!"