Millwall sign Brentford defender Tony Craig on two-year deal

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TONY Craig says he is "thrilled" after joining Millwall from Championship side Brentford.

The 30-year-old has agreed a two-year deal to become Neil Harris’ third signing this summer following the arrivals last week of Jordan Archer and Joe Martin.

"I'm thrilled to be back at Millwall and I'm raring to go," he told the club's website.

"The last time I left I thought that I had played my final game for the club but I'm back now and ecstatic. I really am looking forward to having the opportunity to continue my Millwall career."

He had been contracted to Brentford until 2017 before his contract was terminated.

It will be Craig’s fourth spell with the Lions after he came through the youth ranks at the club.

He made his debut against Nottingham Forest in 2003 and went on to make 87 appearances before joining Crystal Palace in 2007. He rejoined permanently a year later having returned briefly on loan in between.

He played 141 times during his second spell before leaving for Brentford in 2012.

Craig made 24 appearances for the Bees last season as they finished fifth in the Championship before losing out to Middlesbrough in the play-off semi-finals.

Brentford reinforced their defence further with the signing this week of the Denmark international Andreas Bjelland to add to the capture of young French centre-back Yoann Barbet, meaning Craig  probably felt his chances of first-team football were diminished.

After missing out on Alfie Mawson, who held talks with Millwall but decided to sign for Sky Bet League One rivals Barnsley instead, the move for Craig will please Lions fans.

He has spoken warmly of his affection for the club and supporters in the past and he is also a Millwall fan.

Craig will bring experience to a young squad and Harris will hope he can avoid the kind of injuries that plagued him during his previous spells at the club.

He played in both Millwall’s League One play-off finals in 2009 and 2010, but was withdrawn injured in the 44th minute of the 1-0 win over Swindon as Kenny Jackett's side climbed back into the Championship.

He was promoted to the Championship again with Brentford in 2013-14 and was named the player’s player of the year, but he was in and out of the side last season.

He is a former team-mate of Harris and coach Andy Frampton.

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

55 thoughts on “Millwall sign Brentford defender Tony Craig on two-year deal

  • July 4, 2015 at 19:13
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    Well pleased with this signing. Wall thru and thru-and a reasonable call for club captain. Personally I would give Jimmy the captaincy but from posts on this site, there is a suggestion he is not vocal enough. Any thoughts?

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    • July 4, 2015 at 19:19
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      @wallchef: Jimmy is a lead by example type which works for me.

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    • July 4, 2015 at 19:50
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      @wallchef: Craig or Nelson for captain I'd say. Jimmy is class, a true legend, but just isn't loud enough to be captain imo.

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  • July 4, 2015 at 19:19
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    Welcome home and back to the family !!!

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