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Ballard on joining Millwall

Hear from The Lions' new defender...

1 July 2021

Daniel Ballard has labelled representing Millwall as "an honour" - and the defender can't wait to get going in a Lions shirt.

The 21-year-old centre-back became Gary Rowett's third summer signing after putting pen-to-paper on a season-long loan deal this week, and the Arsenal loanee told millwallfc.co.uk of his joy at joining.

"I'm so excited to be here," he said. "It's an honour to be able to represent this club. I can't wait to get going.

"I've seen all of the lads and met the manager, the buzz around here is good and the atmosphere seems nice. I'm looking forward to it."

Ballard joins the club having helped Blackpool to the Sky Bet League One Play-Off trophy in 2020/21, and he is now looking forward to a "step up" with The Lions - also citing the emergence of Billy Mitchell and Danny McNamara as a factor in signing.

"It was a success last year personally, but this year will be an even bigger jump, stepping up into The Championship with a club pushing for the Play-Offs. With that comes a lot of responsibility, so hopefully I can step up and help the team. It's a step up from last year - I need to take these challenges on. 

"It's good to see players of a similar age given the opportunity when they're doing well and playing. It gives me confidence that if I come in and work hard, then I'll play."

Click play on the video above to hear in full from Daniel Ballard, as he reveals Gary Rowett's words which made him sign, plus his thoughts on the return of Millwall supporters in 2021/22.


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