04/06/19 Reverse order Timestamp format
Good morning and welcome to our Championship blog.
We understand a new deal for Ben Thompson has been agreed, with Millwall extending his terms beyond 2021, the expiry date on his current contract.
Thompson, 23, was one of the Lions' most important players when he came back from his loan spell at Portsmouth full of confidence and with a new attacking edge in his skill set.
He is set to be an important player next season.
After David Martin's move to West Ham, we contacted a club historian at Millwall to find out about other transfers directly from the Lions to the Hammers.
Only two, apparently.
John Landells, a Gateshead-born forward in 1933.
And the youngest player in Millwall's history, Moses Ashikodi.
Ashikodi made his Lions debut at the age of 15 years and 240 days in a 1-0 defeat against Brighton in February 2003.
A year later, he allegedly attacked team-mate Mark McCammon.
After he joined West Ham in August of that year, their manager Alan Pardew said: "Moses is getting a last chance with us. He is a major talent and, hopefully, he will have learned his lesson."
It's fair to say that the move didn't work out. He left without making an appearance and has racked up an amazing 36 transfers since (and possiblyy another one before the end of this sentence). Still only 31, the striker currently plays for VCD Athletic in the Isthmian League South East Division.
There is another Millwall link. Ashikodi is a team-mate of Lions defender Mahlon Romeo for Antigua & Barbuda, after making his debut for the Caribbean nation in 2012.
Millwall were close to a deal with David Martin.
Here's Neil Harris on the keeper's move to West Ham:
We thought we had a deal agreed with David, that he was going to stay. Then before he signed his contract West Ham came in and offered him an opportunity to work as a number three-stroke-training goalkeeper.
David explained that West Ham is a club that’s very close to his heart with his upbringing and family. I understand that, I do understand that.
As soon as David made it clear he wanted to go to West Ham we were comfortable for him to go. We want players that are fully committed.
David’s a smashing guy, a good goalkeeper and a fantastic professional and he did really well for us at the end of the season. His experience and professionalism in the dressing room was a key part of us wanting to keep him but we certainly look to replace that.