Millwall have confirmed the signing of Luke Steele from Nottingham Forest, the club has announced.
The goalkeeper has fallen down the pecking order since Sabri Lamouchi became manager, with the arrival of Arijanet Muric seeing Steele reduced to Forest’s third-choice option.
The Lions have similar made movements this summer in regard to their keeper position, signing Bialkowski on loan from Ipswich as well as picking up Frank Fielding on a free, which means Steele may have to settle for a back-up role at The Den.
The former Barnsley man has signed on a short-term loan deal, and if Millwall do not renew the deal he will return to his parent club in January.
Steele signed for Forest last summer but has only made seven appearances for the club, and with only a year remaining on his contract he looks likely to depart on a free if he doesn’t impress soon.
He is now 34 but appears to be satisfied with taking on the role of being a back-up, having made only 10 appearances for Bristol City prior to his move to the City Ground.
Whilst it is understandable for the club to want to move him on, it doesn’t seem like a wise move for Steele to make, particularly as he is in need of game time if he is to earn another contract at Championship level – which is unlikely given the standards of keepers already in the Millwall squad.
He is coming to the end of his career so it is a surprise that he isn’t moving in search of first-team football, particularly as he hasn’t played much since his return to England.
Despite that, he is a brilliant option for Millwall to have as their third-choice, although you can’t help but feel that the money spent on his wages would be put to better use elsewhere in the squad.