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Aiden O'Brien signs new Millwall contract

New long-term deal for forward...

3 August 2018

Millwall Football Club is delighted to announce that Aiden O'Brien has put pen-to-paper on a new long-term contract at The Den.

O'Brien has scored 36 goals in 163 appearances since making his Lions debut in a Carling Cup defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers in September 2011 and will now extend his stay in south London for the foreseeable future.

The earlier days of the 24-year-old's career saw him take in loan spells at Hayes & Yeading, Crawley Town, Aldershot and Torquay United, but the Irishman made his first League start in a 3-1 defeat by Birmingham City in September 2014.

O'Brien's first goal came in a 2-2 draw at Brentford later that season, with a further strike coming in a final-day defeat at Wolves.

From there the forward became a regular in the side, making 53 appearances in all competitions as The Lions cruelly missed out on promotion straight back to The Championship with defeat to Barnsley in the League One Play-Off Final.

O'Brien and Millwall both went one better the next year, though, scoring 15 goals in 57 matches as Bradford City were defeated at Wembley.

The Irishman's 2017/18 campaign was hampered by injury, but six goals in 32 appearances was enough to secure him a call up to the Republic of Ireland international squad.

"I've been here for so many years now and I'm happy to dedicate another two or three to this good club," said O'Brien.

"I've been with the gaffer [Neil Harris] throughout my whole time here. Playing with him, my manager in the Under 21s alongside Scott Fitzgerald and he has given me the chance in the last couple of years since he got the job.

"I hope to say I've repaid him in some ways and I've got another long-term deal here, so I'm delighted."

Speaking on squad and personal targets for the new campaign, the Irishman added: "We want to get as high up the table as we did last year. On a personal note I always want to get double figures in goals - if I reach that, I'm buzzing. I'll aim for 10 and then if I get there, I'll go to 12, 14 and so on."

Manager Neil Harris added that O'Brien "offers something completely different" to the way The Lions play.

"Naturally I'm very happy that Aiden has committed his long-term future to Millwall. He is at a wonderful age in footballing terms and his development over the past few years has gone hand-in-hand with the club's progress as a whole.

"Aiden offers us something completely different in the way that he plays and is a genuine goal threat from different areas on the pitch.

"In Aiden, Jed (Wallace), Fred (Onyedinma), Shane (Ferguson), and also now Jiří (Skalák) we've got great options and competitive strength in depth in wide areas."


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