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Leonard excited for Millwall opportunity

New recruit on his move to The Lions...

31 August 2018

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Ryan Leonard can't wait to pull on a Millwall shirt for the first time after finalising a deadline day move to The Den.

The midfielder has joined on loan from Sheffield United in a deal which will become permanent in January for a new club record fee.

Leonard, who has agreed a long-term contract, will have to wait until after the international break to make his Millwall debut, but is eager to make an impact amongst his new team-mates during the international break.

Moments after putting pen-to-paper he told "I'm very happy to be here and looking forward to getting the Millwall shirt on and getting going with playing games.

"I have played here numerous times as an away player and it is not always the easiest place to do so, so for me doing so as a Millwall player in front of the fans is going to be brilliant.

"The atmosphere is always one of the best I've played at so I am looking forward to being on the right side of it and winning games here."

Leonard played alongside Lions boss Neil Harris and first team coach Adam Barrett during his time at Southend and admits that was a factor in his decision to join The Lions.

"I played with Neil four or five years ago and he was brilliant back then," the 26-year-old added. "He was like a manager playing, talking us through games, and he helped me a lot when I was there.

"That's definitely part of the reason that I have come - because of him. I know him very well and also Adam, who is part of the coaching staff.

"There is a few friendly faces and I'm looking forward to it."

The Plymouth-born star believes he has the right attributes to fit in with Millwall's style of play.

"I have watched this team play quite a few times and obviously I played against them in League One," he continued. 

"They're very much a hard working team and they give everything. That is the same with me.

"I'm a box-to-box midfielder. I like to get into the box, but first and foremost I work hard and I like to think that will go down well.

"I am disappointed that I'm not eligible to play tomorrow, but I have now got a little bit of time to work on the training pitch with the lads and the manager and to get going for that first game."

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