Goalkeeper rewarded for patience and professionalism
Tom King has grabbed the opportunity to serve as Millwall's number one with both hands.
The stopper had previously played in all four of the club's Checkatrade Trophy games in addition to an EFL Cup tie with Nottingham Forest, but following an injury to Jordan Archer, King made his Football League debut in the 0-0 draw with Chesterfield on 21st February and has since featured in The Lions' last four games, conceding just one goal.
Speaking after making his League bow, King stated that he was "thoroughly enjoying" his time at Millwall.
"Naturally, I would have loved to play more first team games by now, because that has to be the ambition of any player. But, I am thoroughly enjoying my time at Millwall and up to this point, my job has been to encourage and support Jordan, whilst making sure I'm ready whenever the opportunity arises.
"All the goalkeepers here, along with Kevin Pressman, our coach, are very supportive of each other. It was obviously disappointing for Jordan to pick up an injury in the middle of such a great run of clean sheets, but he sent me a message the day before the Chesterfield game and he was also in the dressing room encouraging me on the night."
Despite appearing for the first team earlier in the 2016/17 campaign, King claimed that he felt nervous before the clash with The Spireites, but has since become more comfortable in his role.
"Making your League debut is a big occasion even though I'd already played a few first team games this season.
"Getting a few early touches helped settle the nerves and the longer the game went on, the more comfortable I felt. This is what you dream of as a kid and I will relish every opportunity I get from now on.
"My mindset from here is to keep doing my job to the best of my ability and to give the manager something to think about when Jordan is fit again. We are the best of friends, but we are also competing with each other for that one place in the side.
"If we spur each other on to play better, then that will be of benefit to the team as well. Whichever one of us is in the team at any given time, the other will be his number one supporter."
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