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Rowett on double Derby capture

Read from the boss...

28 August 2020

Millwall manager Gary Rowett is pleased to add to his squad with the signatures of Scott Malone and Mason Bennett.

Left-back Malone joins the club on a season-long loan from Derby County, whilst attacker Bennett's loan stay at the end of last season was enough to convince the boss to turn his spell into a permanent one for an undisclosed fee from the Pride Park outfit.

Rowett, who now takes his summer signing count to four following the arrivals of Ryan Woods and Troy Parrott, dissected both deals - firstly Malone - by telling "I'm very pleased. Scott is a player who I've worked with many moons ago at Burton Albion. I know how effective he's been a left-back/left-wing-back over the years for Premier League clubs amongst others, and I'm aware that he's been at the club before. He's older and wiser now, and he wanted to come back.

"An attacking left-wing-back was something we wanted to add to the squad, to compete with the likes of Fergie, Muzza and Coops down that side, and he gives us a nice option. He had other options, but he really bought into coming back."

Bennett, meanwhile, can be an effective asset when "fit and firing," according to Rowett.

"From an athletic standpoint, Mason - and Scott - give us lots of pace down that left-hand side. We've got a lot of games coming up and we've got some big months where we're going to need a slightly bigger squad and more options.

"I'm really pleased to get Mason in, he's one which we've been trying to do since the end of last season. He fits in really well with the group, and when he is fit and firing, we all know how effective he can be."

Watch the full interview with Gary Rowett by clicking play on the video above.

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