Exclusive: Crystal Palace striker Easter to sign Millwall deal

CRYSTAL Palace striker Jermaine Easter will join Millwall on a permanent basis this summer after agreeing terms on a one-year contract.

Easter scored one goal in nine appearances for the Lions during a loan spell at the back end of last season and has pledged his future to the club for the 2013-14 campaign after the Eagles agreed to release him.

The deal between Easter and Millwall was struck prior to Kenny Jackett's resignation earlier this month but NewsAtDen understands both parties will honour their agreement, despite the recent change of circumstances at The Den.

One source said: "The club made a commitment to Easter and they won't go back on it."

The 31-year-old Wales international is expected to put pen-to-paper in June.

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  1. StanLDN says:

    I hope he works as hard and shows the same attitude as he did when he was fighting for this contract.

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  2. harryfabian says:

    Shows how ambitious we are if we're signing the likes of Easter

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  3. lioncall says:

    This deal was done about a month ago but was not announced until today when Palace ended their season. His wages are a total waste of money even if he is regarded as a bit part player.More rubbish from Palace and with Taylor gone we have probably weakened our squad. Who on earth makes these decisions

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    • NO1LIKESUS says:

      @lioncall: What an uninspiring piece of business. Typical Ambler. Can't wait to hear who's gonna be in the hotseat. He'll wanna get rid of him when he assesses tge squad. When he gets told he can't because we have to honour his contract tge new manager eill immediately bknow what he's letting himself in for. The only wat is...

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    • NICKOLA says:

      Ambler as the CEO makes these decisions. If he and the board truly think that Easter is worthy of a striker's position at Millwall then god help the decision on the new manager.
      @lioncall:

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  4. 82wall says:

    Jackett made this decision, I believe this deal was done after only a few games into the loan, only now palace have finished their season so It can be confirmed. Not a bad squad player. Don't know what people want considering what we have, rather Easter than nguessen.

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  5. Chipplefuddywick says:

    Words fail me.

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  6. Bolland says:

    I find this hard to believe but if it was sorted before KJ left, then so be it. I was hoping with the signing of Alfie Pavey that we were moving in the right direction but hey-ho as my Uncle Doris used to say.

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  7. DavyLion says:

    Epic fail... no honour in this. Just an over the hill player who was never that good, signing for another year of money that we could be giving to someone a manager actually wants. When the new man does arrive, whoever he is, I hope he puts this oxygen thief in a cupboard and locks him away till June 2014. Way things are going though, we will probably be building our team around this donkey. Sad times.

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  8. Barnlion says:

    I have nothing to add really on this subject as I think the 8 before me have summed it up fully, regarding the player, the club's ambition and what any new manager would think of the clib wasting histranfere budget.

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  9. NICKOLA says:

    Here we go again. No manager in place but hey, let's sign him on for another year because the previous manager said so. What a crock. The NEW manager should be making these decisions not Amber.

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    • banksy says:

      @NICKOLA: Ive said it all along Amblers a disaster, doesnt know his a******* from his elbow, and has no ambition wouldnt surprise me if we ended up with brian flynn as a manager

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      • NICKOLA says:

        banksy, it's getting worse day by day. The only salvation will be if one of us wins the lottery and takes over because I don't know anyone, either on here or outside of here who can put his hand on his heart and say that Easter is a good signing.
        As for Ambler, he should do the honourable thing and go. If he's not even on the interview panel as the CEO ( The money men are ) then he's held in the same esteem by them as he is by me.
        So what if Jackett nodded a contract in Easter's direction, this is the Championship not a Sunday pub team ( well not yet ) and promised contracts from a manager who is no longer in charge are not valid. Anyone coming in for an interview now and who knows his stuff is going to look at that and think..... oh my god.

        @banksy:

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        • banksy says:

          @NICKOLA: exactly my point nick in a previous statement by Ambler he says we will be prepared to pay compensation, if he's not even on the panel how does he know whats going to happen, hes done it from the beginning stirring the pot to drum up interest, as for Easter im pretty sure he was being lined up for a contract after the charlton game

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  10. Sealion says:

    It's a pity they didn't put the effort into re-signing Taylor instead of wasting time and money on Easter.
    If we are going to sign an end of career player for their experience we need someone like a Claridge type who has been someone and done it, must be lots of ex prem players who were quality ( and I mean quality not the Hulse types who have never done it) and could still help the younger players in the side.

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  11. PaulMcK says:

    Shrewd move, I’m sure all the palarse fans who can’t afford premiership season tickets will be flocking down the Den next season to watch one of their ex players (AND LAUGH AT US!). Well done Millwall!

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  12. Old_Les says:

    Jermaine Easter is a decent signing at Championship level. Intelligent, works hard, excellent link up play and will score a few goals. Not the rare as rocking horse s*** 30 goal striker you're all whinging for but a good second striker - pair him with the right player and you'll get the goal scoring partnership we sorely need. Finding that right other player is for the new manager to deal with.

    I'd also be very happy with Easter coming off the bench - I know most of you don't go to away games being more suited to the kiddies enclosure or prawn sandwich lounge - but he scored a quality strikers opportunist goal at Charlton and there'll be more where that came from. I could even argue it was that goal that kept us up - though of course I could say the same for Sean Batts against Watford

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    • NICKOLA says:

      He scored a tap-in at Charlton which my dog could have put away. The defence kept us in the Championship not the likes of Easter. Maybe you should have applied for the manager's job as you seem to have the same ambitions as Ambler. The only prawn sandwich on show here is you between two pieces of bread my old son.
      @Old_Les:

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      • Old_Les says:

        @NICKOLA:

        That stupid statement is clear evidence you weren't there to see it.

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        • harryfabian says:

          @Old_Les: Woopty-do he scored one goal. Shame he didn't show his supposed fox-in-the-box mentality in every other game that he played. And just because Nic wasn't there to see it makes him a good striker? Do me a favour

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          • Old_Les says:

            @harryfabian:

            Oh dear another fool who cannot understand written English.

            Any chance you can explain in clear terms what you are saying?

            For example - who said someone not being there to witness a goal defines any one as any sort of striker good or bad. My statement defined the quality of the goal (as defined by me in the word "opportunist"). The lady defined the goal as a "tap in" which it certainly wasn't as anyone there to see it would agree,

            Who called him a "fox in the box?" Was it someone on here or did you read it elsewhere?

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        • NICKOLA says:

          Les, actually I was there and it was a tap-in. Morison's goal v Swindon at the Den now that was a strikers goal. Best goal I've ever seen in Millwall colours and I go back as far as Possee and Weller. I suppose you don't Sherringham, Cascarino or Harris etc. in the same mould as Easter and this we where we differ. He isn't, and never will be a Millwall striker because, wait for it, he isn't good enough.
          You are a cantankerous old bugger, who tries to wind people up but I do respect your opinions. Having said that, you can't in all honesty say that Easter is the way forward. Oh and by the way Nickola is a masculine name love.
          @Old_Les:

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          • TheBermondseyBomber says:

            @NICKOLA:

            Personally I'm not over the moon with this signing but its an improvement on what we had for most of last season! Tyson, Hulse, N'Gessen - I'd take Easter for any side over those 3 jokers! its a freebie and surely not meant to be seen as more than that - For me I'd rather Easter be in a 'Wall shirt than Hulse or Dany NG, he at least works harder!!

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          • Sealion says:

            @NICKOLA: And don't forget Alf Woods great old fashioned centre forward, went in where it hurts and Fash the bash was pretty useful but Easter???

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          • lukesmithmfc says:

            @NICKOLA: what about thatchers goal against Leicester at the den or hurlock up at tranmere or brileys against Charlton at selhurst brileys disallowed over head kick at highbury
            Ruddock at Vila park Alexander against Swindon at wembley rhino against Forrest away think yours was a good call but a bold call. It was a good goal though.

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          • Old_Les says:

            @NICKOLA:

            It wasn't a tap in - tap ins are from very very close in . Easter nipped in front of defenders and hit it with the outside of his foot - like I said an opportunist goal. I daresay I recall Possee and Weller more clearly than you - they used to drive past me most mornings as I waited a bus stop at the bottom of Shooters Hill - me en route to work and them presumably to training. They were in a two tone green Ford Capri. Of course Easter is not in their class but then Weller was a midfield player not a striker. I also remember where they came from and who signed them as well as being able to recall Len Julians, Hunt, Broadfoot, Neil Stepney and Ackerman amongst others.

            So there.

            Nickola sounds a bit girlie to me but I suppose it could be Russian or something

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    • banksy says:

      @Old_Les: I was at charlton! His goal was more luck than judgement, he seemed more interested in having a tear up with defenders in the other 8 games he played in, 1 in 9 isnt championship quality, if we wanted 1 in 9 id rather get harris back, easter is past it youth has to be the way forward

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      • bonnie1272 says:

        @old les: Christ, must have taken u ages to get back from The anoraks place les? That's some away trip mate!

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        • Old_Les says:

          @bonnie1272:

          Yes it is quite a trip for me - about 2 hours drive as it goes - sometimes more and it can be a real pig of a trip for night games at the Den.

          Thanks for your concern though - juvenile as it is.

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          • Sealion says:

            @Old_Les: Couldn't reply to your earlier post Re: Julians, Broadfoot, Neil, etc. Great players, Len Julians was class. I started going not long after Stepney had signed from Tooting and Mitcham. We also had Brian Snowdon at CH, another fine player.

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    • bonnie1272 says:

      @Old_Les: just so you know les, I sit in the kiddies bit, you may remember, but just in case your memory ain't what it should be - the fcuking built it around me!
      Magnanimous p****

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    • Lincolnshire Lion says:

      @Old_Les: thanks Les bit of common from a fellow Millwall fan who knows a footballer when he sees one. The stuff on here is justo ingles at times.

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  13. Old_Les says:

    And what the fluck is an "epic fail"?

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  14. munson68 says:

    i think he is worth a years contract , looked the best out of four other donkeys that played up front , when he played he held the ball up ok , but kj subbed him every time he looked like getting into games , not the future but , i would rather him as one of the 4 strikers what we need then , n guessan , batt , marquis , we all no that the new boss has to buy 2 decent front men , so i think its a good move to have him as back up , maybe ive been watching different game , but i think he didnt deserve to be subbed in any of the games , there was a lot worse out there , we will see ,

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  15. WestKentLion says:

    Its only a one year contract and he will be an ok squad player at best.
    Any new manager will see that and probably think he could do a job coming off the bench but no more.
    COYL

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  16. Big Millwall says:

    Good player, needs to work a bit harder to win the fans over.

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  17. glyngo says:

    He showed some flashes of good skill and link up play last season, I am not sayi he is the answer to our lack of goals but he is not the crock of Sh*t people are making out either. I aggree that he brings other players into the game and with a decent MF and players that can break and get onto his passes I think he can do a decent job for us. Having said that........I do think we should have brought in the new manager first though, so at least he can have a say in the matter, may be the deal was already signed and we would have KJ to thank for that and the financial penaltty it might have incurred if we welshed on the deal.

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  18. AltheAussieLion says:

    f*** me, we sign a geezer up after he scores 1 goal during his loan but when we have Wood scoring goals for fun we f*** about and leave it to the last minute! Wise up Millwall ffs.

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  19. lukesmithmfc says:

    Personally he was our best striker in his time here last season. His work rate was good and I for one thought he was unlucky to be pulled off every game. Not so sure signing him without signing a manager first is the right thing to do but if the new manager don't want him at least he'll get a couple quid for him as the others ain't worth a w***.
    As mentioned above with a decent striker to play off he'll do a good job when required.
    I'm more worried about getting rid of the deadwood and who the new manager actually see's as deadwood.

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  20. Lion of the North says:

    Terrible news.

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  21. the verminhater says:

    Who the f**k signs a player without a manager? Whoever the new manager is what's the chances that they will actually want Easter????? The decisions being made by this club are getting stranger day by day.

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  22. leemark says:

    I suppose we will be offering Rob Hulse a new 3year contract as well!!!! I actually detest Palace but you have to admire their ambition? We just take their cast offs!!! Please Mr Berylson lets really give it a really positive go this season, you will find that the support will follow if you buy some desent players and we have some success!! People are getting fed up with just bumping along the bottom!!! Come on lets push the boat out!!!!!

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  23. denslions says:

    What worries me is that if we are signing Easter because Jackett gave the nod before he left does that mean that Batt will also get a new contract because Jackett said he would give him one also before he left. That means four strikers positions in the squad will already be filled by Keogh, Marquis, Easter and Batt. Can't see our goalscoring record improving much next season. League 1 here we come!!!

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  24. Marshlion says:

    Very quick to jump on the negative bandwagon here chaps aren't we? Giving Easter a bit of a hard time? I agree he ain't no spring chicken, but be fair, the whole team were utter s****, its hard for anyone to shine when the team is s****, and its a bit unfair to single out 1 player for this kind of stick. None of our strikers did ANYTHING and Kenny and Gallen did their best to make sure the strikers all played out of position, out wide and crossed the ball into Mr nobody. Agreed, a squad player only, agreed the club don't seem to be glowing with ambition on this one, but he is experienced to come off the bench for 20 mins. We'll be pleased if he grabs us 6 or 7 goals next season to salvage a point on cold tuesday nights away to Dog-Sh1t United in the hail and sleet in December ! Or I could be a d*** living in cuckoo-land LOL, we'll see. One thing I do know for sure, we need our new manager, and we need him/her/it, fast and by that I mean now !!!!!!

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  25. Lincolnshire Lion says:

    It's 10 days starting from .....oh yeh it's in the next 1
    Days

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  26. harryfabian says:

    If he is from the same ilk that oversaw our plummet from mid table to bottom 4 then why the f*** are we re-signing him? It takes up 150,000 of the already limited budget and means less chance of a deadly duo up front. Hopefully whoever comes in will see he's s*** and loan him out so we don't completely waste our money.

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  27. Old_Les says:

    To Sealion - yup Len Julians a great player but sadly we'll never see his like again in football let alone at Millwall - old school.

    Scorer of the most mentally celebrated by the crowd goal ever at a Millwall game - header for 2 - 0 v Carlisle 1960 something. Sad that many of those fans are now gone - they'd show this mob today a thing or two about supporting your team. Don't think Grassline would have been busy either - more likely gathering dust.

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  28. Old_Les says:

    You were up late but then it is half term.

    Tell me exactly what's negative about this;

    Jermaine Easter is a decent signing at Championship level. Intelligent, works hard, excellent link up play and will score a few goals. Not the rare as rocking horse s*** 30 goal striker you're all whinging for but a good second striker - pair him with the right player and you'll get the goal scoring partnership we sorely need. Finding that right other player is for the new manager to deal with.

    I'd also be very happy with Easter coming off the bench - I know most of you don't go to away games being more suited to the kiddies enclosure or prawn sandwich lounge - but he scored a quality strikers opportunist goal at Charlton and there'll be more where that came from. I could even argue it was that goal that kept us up - though of course I could say the same for Sean Batts against Watford

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  29. Millwall1979 says:

    I just don't understand why you feel the need to drop in your little digs grass line and prawn sandwich brigade grow up will ya as I said before its boring

    As for your staying up Late dont patronise me you p****

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    • Old_Les says:

      @Millwall1979:
      "@Old_Les: everything comes out of ur gob is negative" - sorry never realised you didn't say that.

      Glad you were allowed up late but don't get over tired.

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  30. Millwall1979 says:

    Very adult les

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