Millwall have recalled young right-back Danny McNamara from his loan spell at League Two side Newport County following the side’s meeting in the FA Cup.
The 21-year-old made 23 appearances for the League Two outfit and impressed with his performances after joining on a season-long loan from the Lions.
The Republic of Ireland youngster was unavailable to face his parent club when Newport faced Millwall in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, but he now returns to The Den as he hopes of getting the opportunity to impress manager Gary Rowett.
Rowett was appointed manager of Millwall in October, and he has had a bright start at The Den as he helped the Lions move on up into the Championship playoff places.
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Newport was the first league loan that McNamara had experienced, but he experienced time out on loan with National League South Welling United and National League sides Dover Athletic and Havant & Waterlooville last season.
On McNamara’s loan deal ending early, Newport manager Michael Flynn said: “I’d like to thank Danny for all of his efforts whilst at the Club, as well as Millwall for allowing this move to happen.
“Everyone connected with NCAFC wishes Danny all the best in the future.”
For the meeting with Millwall on Saturday, Flynn was forced to play centre-back Scot Bennett out of position at right-back.
McNamara had a good spell with Newport and he will have learnt a lot having experienced EFL football for the first time.
He can head back to Millwall and be of some use to new Lions manager Rowett, as he has clearly done enough to show that he may be ready for Championship football if called upon, or Rowett may be prepared to send him to a League One side.