Millwall have announced that they’ve signed midfielder Ryan Leonard from Sheffield United for a club-record fee.
That makes it two records in one day broken at the Den, following the sale of George Saville to Middlesbrough for a reported £8m earlier in the day.
26-year-old Leonard began his career with hometown club Plymouth Argyle, rising through the ranks before making a move to Southend United in 2011.
He impressed at Roots Hall, featuring 265 times during six-and-a-half seasons with the Shrimpers. He helped them achieve promotion from League Two in 2015, winning their Player of the Season award three seasons out of four.
His form for Southend eventually attracted interest from Championship clubs and he secured a switch to Sheffield United in January 2018. He’s since made 17 appearances for the Blades.
He will not be eligible for this weekend’s match against Swansea, having signed after the lunchtime cut off point, which means he’ll not feature until after the international break.
Millwall finally get their man, after being interested in him at the beginning of last season.
Interestingly, they’ll bank a huge profit from today, with George Saville leaving, and the hope will be that Leonard can slip effortlessly into the midfield, keeping up their forward momentum in the Championship.
However, he has some very big boots to fill, as Saville was a top player for Millwall and the new recruit will want to have a similar impact on the team.
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