Lee Gregory has looked back on his five years at Millwall after confirming his summer departure from The Den in a heartfelt Twitter farewell post on Wednesday evening.
The 30-year-old will leave The Lions at the end of his contract on 30th June after five successful seasons with the club, making 238 appearances and scoring 77 goals – a feat which sees him eighth in the list of all-time Millwall marksmen.
Speaking after the season finale at Wigan Athletic on Sunday, Gregory firstly discussed the 2018/19 campaign – in which he this week scooped the club’s Player of the Year award – speaking of his delight to help The Lions to Sky Bet Championship safety.
“We’ve achieved what we aimed to achieve this season however it has come,” the striker said.
“If we step back from it, we’re very happy to have been able to stay up this year.
“Summing up the season, I would just say we worked hard. It was going to be very difficult to have as good a season as last year. We knew it would be hard, and the lads knuckled down and got there in the end. It’s pleasing in the summer to know that Millwall have at least another season in The Championship.”
Gregory was 25 when he was handed his first long-term contract in the professional game after netting prolifically in non-League, and topped The Lions’ scoring charts in all but one of his seasons in South London.
He credits what a huge impact the club has had on his career, and notes his standout moment – one which will be shared by thousands of supporters.
“There are so many memories I have from Millwall over the last few years – I don’t think I even have enough time to go into them.
“But I would say the highest point in my career so far has been the win at Wembley. That’s a memory that will stay with me forever.
“Millwall have played a massive part in my career – there have been highs and lows – but when the highs do come along, they completely null out any low points. It’s been great.”
As he prepares for pastures new, Gregory finally thanked those associated with Millwall who have helped him grow as a player.
“I like to think I’ve progressed a lot. Since Neil has come in, he’s been great with me and stuck by me through thick and thin.
“I’ve loved every minute of it – I’m just thankful to the lads and the staff.