Millwall Football Club is delighted to announce that James Meredith has signed a new long-term contract at The Den.
The 30-year-old has put pen-to-paper on fresh terms after a successful debut campaign at the club, appearing in all 46 Sky Bet Championship matches last season following his arrival from Bradford City, where he spent the previous five years.
Meredith has recently returned to pre-season training with his teammates after his inclusion in Bert van Marwijk’s 23-man World Cup squad with his native Australia, and is excited for the imminent new campaign.
“It’s nice – I’m really happy to agree terms, sign again and further my career at Millwall,” the defender said following the completion of the deal.
“We’ve got a really exciting future here.”
Despite not featuring in his national side’s group games at this summer’s tournament, Meredith spoke highly of the experience in Russia and said it has benefitted him ahead of the long season ahead.
“I had a great time [at the World Cup], it was amazing to be there.
“We worked very hard and unfortunately couldn’t get the results we wanted, but it was a fantastic experience and I learnt a lot while I was there.”
As a reliable and experienced member of the Millwall squad, Meredith is relishing the responsibility as the team prepare for its hotly-anticipated home league opener against Middlesbrough on August 4th.
The defender expects the atmosphere at The Den to be outstanding a week on Saturday and is hoping for the Lions to hit the ground running against Tony Pulis’ side.
“I’m finding my way back into pre-season, obviously getting a bit of an extended break, but I’m really looking forward to the start of the season against Middlesbrough,” Meredith said.
“I’m sure the atmosphere will be electric for another big year at The Den. It will be a huge game and everyone will be raring to go.”
Lions boss Neil Harris also expressed his delight with the news, praising the progression and professionalism of Meredith during his time so far at The Den.
“Naturally I’m very pleased that James has extended his contract,” Harris added.
“He had an exceptional season last year. Statistics show that he was one of the best in the division in his position and popular opinion backs it up.
“James is settled in London and in our dressing room. He has made monumental progression as a player, culminating in his call-up to Australia’s World Cup squad, which was all down to his fine form on the pitch and professionalism off it.”