The term legend is often thrown around too sparsely and perhaps even unmerited.
But that’s exactly how former Millwall captain Tony Craig should be described.
The defender made more over 300 appearances across four separate spells with the Lions, before finally closing the door at The Den one final time in February of 2018.
A product of the club’s Academy, Craig spend his early years with Millwall and then returned on loan in 2008 after his spell at Crystal Palace didn’t work out.
He would then spend the bulk of his professional career with the Lions, enjoying six-and-a-half more seasons at The Den, helping the club win promotion back to the Championship twice.
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However, after the second of those play-off final victories – with James Meredith and Jake Cooper brought in by Neil Harris – Craig’s opportunities were almost non-existent in the second-tier, which eventually forced him to look elsewhere.
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Given his professionalism, experience and ability to remain injury-free, Craig would have no doubt had a list of EFL sides interested in his signature – with League One outfit Bristol Rovers winning the race to sign the defender.
Following two-and-a-half years at the Memorial Stadium, and more than 100 more appearances, having helped the Pirates become an established third-tier club, Craig was released at the end of last season after the suspension of League One amid Coronavirus.
Despite being 35-years-old, Craig continued playing and it wasn’t long before he picked up the seventh club of his career – joining Crawley Town on a short-term contract.
Craig is a regular in the Crawley XI, featuring 14 times in all competitions this term as John Yems’ side sit 9th in the League Two standings following an impressive start to the campaign.