Small details make Maierhofer feel at home with Millwall

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STEFAN Maierhofer turned down big-money offers from clubs around the world to come back to Millwall.

Greece, Australia, Switzerland, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan were all possible destinations for the striker – but he had his heart set on returning to the Lions.

Maierhofer did not want to leave The Den in the first place and was disappointed when talks with Millwall broke down last summer, after he had helped keep the club in the Championship.

But he insists financial demands did not cause those negotiations to stall. He just wanted somewhere to live, something to drive and, it turned out, a club suit.

"The last time I was here I had my old suit from when I played for the national team but the rest of the players were wearing new ones," Maierhofer told the Southwark News.

"I thought 'f***k, look at these cool guys and then look at me in my old suit!' So I spoke to David Forde and he told me the players all have the same suits.

"The club have said I can have one this time and I have to go to Waterloo to pick it up."

It may seem trivial but these small details will make Maierhofer feel part of the furniture – and they weren't part of the package offered to him in the summer

"My agent handled it for me last time – there were some points that weren't quite perfect.

"But this time the club have said I can get an apartment and a car – it's not about the money because it's the same as before, but last time I lived in a hotel and that was a little bit crazy.

"Maybe I waited a bit too long for other offers but I spoke to the gaffer a couple of times and we found a solution. It's a good club with good people and good players.

"We have 21 games left and I think we can do what we did last year."

Maierhofer has been playing for Austrian side SC Wiener Neustadt in recent months but always hoped to move on in January.

"I had loads of offers," he said. "Some of the offers I had were crazy because clubs in some countries pay f****ing good money.

"But for me the quality of the club and the division is more important. London is a beautiful city and I wanted to play for this club. I wanted to be back here.

"Over half the team is the same from last year so I know everyone and that's helpful. It helps me settle into the team more quickly and training is easier.

"I've been training every day in Austria, I played four games out there and I've been doing my own pre-season programme.

"From the last 30 minutes against Blackpool, you can see that I'm a lot fitter than last time. I feel good."

Alex Aldridge


56 thoughts on “Small details make Maierhofer feel at home with Millwall

  • January 16, 2015 at 12:37

    April 1st came round quickly this year

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    • January 16, 2015 at 13:20

      @thecolumbusblock: Turning down lucrative moves to Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Australia - now we know for sure he's 100% committed to Millwall. Did we offer Chris Wood a free suit too?

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      • January 16, 2015 at 22:58

        @Micky Lions: if Simon Church is reading this site we will NOT be offering you a suit.

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  • January 16, 2015 at 12:38

    Good feeling about the big guy this season. Don't care what went on during the Summer, he is now here and a Millwall player. Sounds like he is very determined to do better so he could turn out to be a useful player.

    For me he needs to play up top alongside Gregory. Defenders will have to stick two on him which gives Gregory a bit more space to do what we all know he can do.

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    • January 16, 2015 at 12:40

      @slb.: Spot on!

      I think too much has been made of last summer, he wants to be here now and if he gives 100% every week I'm sure it will work out!

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    • January 16, 2015 at 12:48

      @slb.: spot on mate but it will be fuller on he's own up front.

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    • January 16, 2015 at 14:51

      @slb.: Hopefully he will start Hoff with Gregory cos as you say 2 on Hoff will give Gregory space.

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