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24-year-old becomes Millwall’s latest summer departure

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Newport County have announced the signing of goalkeeper Tom King from Millwall on a two year contract, subject to EFL, FA and international clearance.

After moving to The Den from Crystal Palace in the summer of 2014, King made just 19 appearances during his time with The Lions, spending much of 2018 out on loan, seeing out the end of the 2017/18 season on loan with League Two Stevenage, before spending the first half of the most recent campaign in League One with AFC Wimbledon.

The 24-year-old becomes the fourth goalkeeper to leave Millwall since the end of the season. Jordan Archer has already been released from the club, while Ben Amos’ loan from Bolton Wanderers has expired and David Martin has been sold to West Ham.

Speaking to Newport’s official website following his signing, King said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Newport County, it’s a great chance for me to showcase my ability in an already flourishing team. Can’t wait for the break to be over now so we can get down to business.”

Newport manager Michael Flynn also spoke of his delight at securing the deal, telling the club’s website: “I am thrilled to welcome Tom to the club. He has a good amount of experience at this level and is at an age where he will continue to improve.

“It should provide us with a healthy amount of competition between the sticks for the upcoming season.”

The verdict

While King was unlikely to be a first team regular for Millwall given his lack of opportunities during his time at the club, this does highlight the pressure on The Lions to bring in some goalkeeping options.

With all three senior goalkeepers already on the way out of the club, Millwall will want to bring in some new stoppers as soon as possible with the transfer window well underway.

Newport meanwhile should be pleased with their business in bringing in a goalkeeper with experience  at lower league level, although they will hope it is an alternative rather than a replacement for Joe Day.


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