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Skalák appreciates Millwall chance

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2 August 2018

New signing Jiří Skalák is looking forward to playing at The Den - and "cannot wait" to see Millwall's fans in full flow.

The 26-year-old put pen-to-paper on a long-term deal on Thursday morning and will join his new team-mates for training ahead of the 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship season opener on Saturday afternoon against Middlesbrough.

Speaking to millwallfc.co.uk, the winger stated his happiness at joining the club from Brighton and Hove Albion and expressed his gratitude towards Neil Harris.

"I'm really happy to join the club. I cannot wait to play my first game at The Den," he said. "I'm more than happy and appreciate that I am getting my chance here. I will do my best for the club and try to help the team.

"It's very nice to feel [wanted]. I'd like to say thank you [to Neil Harris] - he's waited for me for a long time. It wasn't easy, but now I am here and I'm happy to be here."

Skalák spent five years at Sparta Prague - with loan spells at FC Brno and Mlada Boleslav during that spell - before joining Brighton from the latter for £1.2m.

A vital ingredient in The Seagulls' promotion to the Premier League in 2016/17, the winger found himself out of favour last season - but has stated his hunger to get back involved in first-team action at The Den, as well detailing what he can bring to the squad.

"I had some nice years at Brighton but last season was hard. I didn't play a lot, just some Cup games. If you get the chance to play then you can be a better player - that was what I missed.

"Crosses, set plays, that's my game - to get some nice crosses into the box for strikers to score goals.

"I feel good. All of pre-season I've been fit and I played one game. All last year I was fit - I just had one injury in January, but otherwise I was fit. I am fit, ready and hungry to play for Millwall.

"I'm really excited to be at The Den and see the Millwall fans because I heard that they're the best. I cannot wait to see them."


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