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Ferguson: “I’m really excited to continue playing here in the future”

Winger discusses new deal, his standout Lions moment and playing for fans

13 February 2019

Shane Ferguson has expressed his delight after committing his future to Millwall with a new contract at The Den.

The 27-year-old winger puts pen-to-paper having made 134 Lions appearances so far, scoring 12 goals since arriving in 2015.

“I’m really happy, I feel it has been a great season for me,” Ferguson says.

“I’m happy firstly to be playing games. I spoke to the manager in pre-season and he told me that if I work hard and keep my head down, I’d get a chance in this team. Thankfully the chance came to be out there playing, and I’m delighted to sign a new deal.

“It’s massive to play for this club and the fans. I’ve been here four years now, and the fans have welcomed me in – it’s great to be playing here at The Den, and now I’m just really excited to continue playing here in the future.”

Capped 37 times by Northern Ireland having made his senior international debut in 2009 aged just 17, Ferguson speaks of his gratitude to Lions manager Neil Harris for the faith he has shown in him, helping the wide man continue to fulfil his ambitions for his country as well as at The Den.

“My career has been great so far. When I first came here it was to come and play, and thankfully I’ve got that opportunity. It has helped me massively, and has gone some way to getting me on the international stage as well.

“I’m very grateful to the manager for his faith in me to pick me so often, which in turn has helped me receive callups to the national side.”

Now in his fourth season at the club, Ferguson has enjoyed numerous fine memories in Millwall colours, from which he has picked his greatest moment.

“Apart from Wembley of course, I think a standout moment for me was the last League game of 2016/17, when we sneaked into the Play-Offs with the late win at Bristol Rovers.

“That day was special, with goals flying in everywhere, and we nicked it in the last few minutes of the game which was unbelievable.

“So many of the fans travelled down and the atmosphere was fantastic, so I would say that day stands out for me in a Millwall shirt.”

Ferguson is now looking for himself and his teammates to kick on for the rest of this campaign, as The Lions compete on two fronts – starting with this weekend’s Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round visit to AFC Wimbledon.

“The first thing I noticed when I came here is how close this group is. The lads work hard every day and we just try and do our best, which we need to carry on doing. We’ve got to keep looking up the table, as we’ve been putting in some good performances.

“Sometimes maybe a bit of luck hasn’t been going with us, for example with the deflected winner that Swansea scored against us recently, but once we’ve overcome that I feel we can kick on.

“The Cup is massive too. We know that going to Wimbledon will be tough – they may not have been too great in the League this season, but they showed what they can do in the last round when they knocked out West Ham. We’ll be focusing on them for the rest of this week, and hopefully we can progress to the next round.”

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