George Saville has said his move to Millwall was ‘a no-brainer’ after hearing of their interest.
The Lions completed a deal to sign the midfielder from Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee last week, bringing an end to his three years at the Riverside Stadium.
Saville was a first team regular during his time on Teesside meaning that his departure was met with surprise among supporters, but discussing his reasons for moving it’s clear that his love for Millwall still runs strong.
Speaking to News At Den, Saville said: “My agent said there was interest, and a deal could be done, so I spoke to Middlesbrough, and it suited all parties. I was heading into my last year, so it suited Boro and suited myself because everyone knows that I am very fond of Millwall football club.
“Towards the end of the season there was nothing, no talks. It was a busy season, but I had international fixtures as well, so I didn’t think too much about it and then towards the end of June there was talks and then when they gave me the decision, it was a no-brainer.”
He added: “You know what they say, don’t go back to a place that you’ve been. We came up to the Championship and came eighth. It was a little bit of a rocky season after that, but the last two years have been stable. The manager has come in and pushed the club in the right direction, so I wanted to come back and I want to achieve something special.
“This is my fourth spell now. Since Kenny Jackett gave me the opportunity to experience first-team football, I’ve always looked out for the club, tracked the club and have always been happy to see them do well, and even when I do leave and am older, I will always follow Millwall.”
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This certainly looks like a move that suited all parties.
George Saville’s time with Middlesbrough was certainly mixed with many supporters feeling that they never truly saw the best of the midfielder during his time at the Riverside Stadium.
A move back to Millwall will see the Northern Ireland international return to a club who know how to get the best from the player, meaning that he has a genuine chance of going on to become a club hero.
Gary Rowett’s side will be hoping to kick on and push themselves into the role of play-off dark horses and this addition will certainly help.