30/07/19 Reverse order Timestamp format
Good morning and welcome to our Championship blog.
We were expecting a couple of moves to go through yesterday...and have the same expectations for today.
There *should* be movement with at least one in and one out, if not more.
Meanwhile a Millwall XI was in action last night at Dover.
Tom Bradshaw and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson both scored, but the Lions lost 4-2 after being 2-0 up on the south coast.
Here's Gareth Ainsworth on Fred:
Fred has been a target since the day he left us last season. I’m over the moon to bring him here on a permanent deal. “I know the fans have been waiting a little while for this, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it when they see him back out there on the pitch.
He’s a player with huge potential, and a great deal of credit goes to our chairman Trevor Stroud for getting the deal over the line and bringing Fred back to the club, where I know he’ll settle straight back in.
And Ainsworth on Jason McCarthy:
It’s a bittersweet day for me as we say goodbye to Jason McCarthy. We knew his long-term future probably belonged at a higher level and once the opportunity came up for him to return to the Championship, it seemed right for us to reach an agreement that suited all parties.
Bialkowski has been speaking to Millwall's official website.
It's been a long time getting it over the line, and he's happy...
I am relieved. It's been a crazy few weeks, but I'm happy to finally get this deal done. I'm excited for the future.
The clubs were still talking about this deal happening from six weeks ago, and I was fully focused to get it done. I was on the phone to my agent every day, asking about any progress with it. I'm just happy to be here.
The Championship is a league I have played a lot of games in and I am ready to go. I have proved myself in the league and I hope I can push everyone else forward.
Last year was crazy, but previously I had a really good time in the Championship and I want to prove it again. I know Frankie [Fileding] from playing against him, he seems a nice guy and is a good goalkeeper. It's always nice to have good competition, so whoever the gaffer picks will play, but I came here to play and I'm sure he did as well.
I spoke to the gaffer and he said that although we have a small squad, we have a good squad of players. Everyone seems to get on well with each other and there is a good atmosphere, which is the main thing in the changing room. There's a platform to build on there for success.
Neil Harris said he spoke to Mick McCarthy about Bialkowski: "When people like that speak, you listen."
Is that it for the summer?
We wouldn't rule out another signing. But here is Neil Harris, speaking to the club's media, after the Lions signed Bart Bialkowski:
It's an initial loan, so he'll be here for this season, and we can look at him and he can look at us as with any loan. Our successful record with loans over the years speaks for itself.
Bart comes in to play for us, to play Championship football, and Bart pretty much completes our squad for the forthcoming season barring anything unexpected.
A lot of Lions fans are pretty excited ahead of the new season after a slew of signings in the last month.