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15 July 2013

Chaplow set to sign

Millwall are delighted to announce that Richard Chaplow is set to join the club on a two-year deal tomorrow, pending completion of a medical, after his contract with Southampton was ended by mutual consent.

The 28-year-old, who played four times for The Lions on loan towards the tail end of last season before picking up an ankle injury, becomes manager Steve Lomas' fourth summer signing.

Accrington-born Richard is an attacking midfielder who began his career at Burnley, rising through the ranks and going on to make 74 appearances in the first team at Turf Moor. His performances for The Clarets caught the attention of West Bromwich Albion who paid £1.5m for his services in January 2005.

A year later he was on the move once more, this time to Southampton initially on loan for three months, before returning to fight for his place at The Hawthorns.

In January 2008, however, Richard signed for Preston North End, remaining with The Lilywhites until he re-joined The Saints, again initially on loan, in September 2010. That deal was made permanent the following January.

Richard, who set up Jermaine Easter's opener on his debut in the 2-0 victory over Charlton back in March, has also represented England at U19, U20 and U21 level.

He will be Millwall's fifth signing of the summer in all along with Stephen Bywater, Jermaine Easter, Steve Morison and Lee Martin.

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