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He played in both Millwall’s League One play-off finals in 2009 and 2010, but was withdrawn injured in the 44th minute of the 1-0 win over Swindon as Kenny Jackett's side climbed back into the Championship.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 19:50
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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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  • July 4, 2015 at 19:19
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    Good signing in my eyes , good solid player that will play centre but can fill in at left back if and when needed . I'd guess he will be made the captain , fits the bill well. Him and sid are very similar in there playing styles !!! Will they both play in the same team ?

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  • July 4, 2015 at 19:39
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    Brilliant signing. Much needed aggression at the back, no more hesitating. him and sid should do well together.
    Just need to make sure Craig don't get injured to early and miss games could stop any good feeling / momentum building around the camp.

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  • July 4, 2015 at 19:46
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    Nice to see tony back, Neil will make him captain now and he will be a good player to have around all the youngsters and show them what its like to play and fight for the shirt.
    Please when the season starts and things don't go the way we want it too don't jump on his back like a lot did with dunne lets keep the faith and get behind the team.Yes will lose games we cant go all season with out losing those days are in the past.

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  • July 4, 2015 at 19:47
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    Funny ,our Achilles heel is finding a decent striker which was a priority ,that's where the worry lies ,still time but will it be a statement of intent,the last three weren't!!.

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  • July 4, 2015 at 19:53
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    Good news, TC will be a good pro for the youngsters to look up to, and Sid in particular will benefit hugely from his experience. Mind you between them two I don't think we'll be getting any fair play awards next season!

    Smart move this by Bomber, as it will further pull the fans, players and management together, and when we are all singing from the same song sheet we make a formidable enemy, Bomber knows this more than anyone. Instead of Holloway and his BS catchphrases and quotes, we can look forward to a team with proper 'Wall attitude and spirit, it's not about silly slogans painted on the dressing room wall and silly hashtags, it's about mates, it's about looking out for each other, and being proud of that blue shirt, if we can just find that elusive striker we should be good to go and I for one can't wait.

    Bring it on.

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  • July 4, 2015 at 19:58
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    We won't fail for attitude and commitment this season, unlike previous seasons.We just need to invest a few £s on quality, c'mon J.B we are within touching distance.

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  • July 4, 2015 at 20:52
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    Nice one Top Cat just in time for the Portugal trip - no flies on you but might be in Portugal.
    Welcome back TC can't remember watching you play for Wall when you never gave it your all -
    hope u get the Captain's armback - ONCE WALL ALWAYS WALL. Great news. Now Steve Morrison back and not a bad squad for Div 1 - well done Chopper everything done well so far - don't panic for a front man - got to be Wall orientated - how about Tim Cahill & Gregs as the front runners. WOW.

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  • July 4, 2015 at 21:01
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    Since news at den started it was the best site and was the first reporting everything and anything and now there reporting news 3 hours late to everyone else bit of shame really but besides that best signing in a long time COYL

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  • July 4, 2015 at 21:02
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    Since news at den started it was the best site and was the first reporting everything and anything and now there reporting news 3 hours late to everyone else bit of shame really but besides that best signing in a long time COYL.

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  • July 4, 2015 at 21:07
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    very pleased at having tony back.does he know a striker or two?

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  • July 4, 2015 at 21:15
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    Good signing and gutsy decision to come back (again) from TC so good on him.

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  • July 4, 2015 at 21:51
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    I wasn't Mr C's biggest fan when he was last with us but to be honest I'm quite happy he's back now. He has a great attitude (I never faulted that) he's gone away and improved his game and he's Millwall through and through..so welcome back matey and I wish you all the best!

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      • July 5, 2015 at 02:33
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        @Buddy: Dunne signed a new contract when we was splashing the cash about, he would probably wanted minimum 2.5k a week to re-sign, which is a lot of ££ for a league one semi decent defender. TC has prob been offered 1.5k a week, which would of been more than Brentford were paying him.
        The club knew if we offered Dunne less than he's on now he probably would of had us stringing along while he waits on (Ipswich or Celtic) then we are last resort which is not what we want. Sadly he will probably end up at Welling.

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      • July 6, 2015 at 08:37
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        @Buddy: I get fed up with this Millwall thru and thru stuff, its quality we need and Dunne definitely wasn't quality. Not as over the moon as some on here, but we'll see how it goes.

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  • July 4, 2015 at 22:04
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    Welcome home TC best of the luck great sighing bomber well done can't wait 4 the season 2 start COYL NOLU, WDC milllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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  • July 4, 2015 at 23:04
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    Good no brainer signing.
    Better at centre half than full back IMO so partner for Nelson. Also cover at full back if required.
    Millwall blood. Captain material. Free transfer and not 35 yrs old.
    So, where's the new striker???

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  • July 4, 2015 at 23:25
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    Welcome home Tony,keep the signings coming like this one and we could well be parading that league one trophy around bermondsey come end of April coyl

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  • July 5, 2015 at 01:13
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    A proper bloke and im sure he has real affinity with millwall, but he cant pass it two yards i'll never forget yeovil away, we were laughing at him he couldnt keep the ball in the ground, we are in massive trouble lads, unproven kids no goals in the side, this league looks s*** on paper but we were s*** last year and theres certainly no improvement in this squad.

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    • July 5, 2015 at 07:43
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      @thecolumbusblock: well if you don't like what is going on then don't post your comments, we need true supporters on here, am sure his a proper bloke and a real affinity with the lions and perhaps TC had one bad game, who hasn't, have you ever watched a game apart from the 'Yoevil' one then. Tony has blue blood to the cause. It takes time to rebuild the squad after letting so many crap overpaid hangers on, so yes we are in league 1, it is going to be a couple of years before reach the summit, and in Harris and livers I trust. We are never going to be a Premiership side but we can damn well give it a try. COYL.

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      • July 5, 2015 at 09:27
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        @dady71: well its my 51st year at the den , and fortunately for all of us this is still a free country so i'll carry on voicing my opinion.

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        • July 5, 2015 at 13:28
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          @thecolumbusblock: Have to say Columbus that he was part of the team that got us to the playoffs twice and promoted and got Brenford promoted not a bad record for a player who you laugh at'. But as you say it is a game of opinions I am really pleased with the signing, but the proof will only be known this time next year.

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          • July 5, 2015 at 14:45
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            @lennie the lion: good point lennie, im just pisssed off with how its all gone in the last couple of years, did anyone really think we'd be signing craig again ? I think he'll do a decent job but our sights have been lowered so much havent they? Jacketts aim to be a top thirty team seems a pipedream .

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          • July 5, 2015 at 16:04
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            @thecolumbusblock: I think we are all disappointed on the last couple of seasons Columbus but on a slightly different topic I think we might find that for teams like us that is how it will increasingly be. With the money thrown at the Premier League and the subsequent parachute payments to teams coming down, the Championship will now, even more so, be a division of have and have not's and the haves will no doubt go up again and hence keep the income coming in. The only way is to break into the top league and hope that if you do come down you can get back up again or at least set the club up financially so it can compete. Be very interesting to see how the likes of Bournemouth, Burnley and QPR get on in the next few years for all different reasons on how their clubs are being run

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  • July 5, 2015 at 02:35
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    Great signing!!! Committed player with great experience and passion!!!!

    TC is my choice of Captain!!!! Jimmy as Vice Captain!!!!

    COYL

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  • July 5, 2015 at 09:39
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    I'll reserve judgement on this but does make me wonder what Mick Harford has been doing the last year and a half.

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  • July 5, 2015 at 10:08
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    TC a good signing, especially in L1, hopefully something happens with Forde now rather than later so we can get a settled back 4 preseason. Yes we got relegated but I don't think our squad wasn't good enough, the whole team was tinkered and fiddled with too much. With a settled back 4 we would have stayed up (and probably had the most clean sheets). When we got beat we got beat good though.
    If Forde don't go we will have the best keeper in the division.
    Joe (jury's out)/TC MB BW SID / Cummings/Edwards we will be fine.
    Midfield takes care of itself I like what we have there. Upson Williams Abdou Powell
    Fred PCH Martin maybe another wide player(youth)
    And up front I think we do need a big target man just to change it up a bit, I've heard moaning about having no plan b,c,d when it comes to transfer targets. But then moan that we want a plan b,c,d on the pitch. If 2 pacey go at em players don't work we need to change it, if we can't break em down change it, if we are behind and need to get back to front quicker.

    But for me the best thing so far has been increasing the pitch. Watching the vids last year of gregs, he played on the shoulder and ran onto balls in space (which we now have) first few games last year balls to his feet were wasted, he had the touch of hippo. The tight enclosed pitch coco wanted didn't suit his game, neither did playing as a loan striker. I honestly think this year gregs will be on fire, L1 oppo has to be closer to conf level.
    With parachute payments championship is more like a Prem B league now.

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  • July 5, 2015 at 11:28
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    Gregory improved massively toward the end of last season, his running, positioning and most of all his first touch really came on a bundle, perhaps the faith and belief Harris had in him instilled confidence? Also he was getting in defenders faces a lot more, again no doubt sound advice from bomber, and looked a much better player playing in a front two, it was tough for him last season, but he'll be stronger for it this year, and hopefully with better service from the wings he will be among the top scorers this season.

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  • July 5, 2015 at 11:44
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    He WILL be top scorer next season, he really is a confidence player, lets get him a good song going and gee him up, cheer everything he does (even if its crap) and get him pumped.

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    • July 5, 2015 at 12:05
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      @brooker: brooker,i have been a fan of gregs since he arrived ,i think a lot of fan's expected to much from him and did not take account that he came from non league to championship,so i think you idea of getting behind him [no matter what] can only give the lad confidence to go on and improve on the forward strides he has made during last season.
      I will have a small wager that he is the div 1 top scorer .

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    • July 5, 2015 at 13:30
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      @brooker: we struggled with goals last season, what makes you think brooker that's there's plenty of goals from abdou ,powell,upson and williams from midfield ?

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      • July 5, 2015 at 13:50
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        @The Roar: I don't think goals will come from Williams upson and Abdou.
        I think the goals are gonna come from gregs, o'brien, Fred, lee Martin and some CBs going up for corners.

        I think 1 player who will look great in L1 is lee Martin, again a confidence player who will thrive in a winning team.

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      • July 5, 2015 at 13:53
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        @The Roar: anyway we don't need plenty of goals 40 goals for and 0 against wins the league 1-0 at a time :)

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    • July 6, 2015 at 10:38
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      @brooker: Cracking signing. As for a song.. how about this?

      [to the tune of oh when the saints..]

      OH WHEN TC (oh when TC) ,
      GOES STEAMING IN (goes steaming in),
      YOU'RE GONNA BE ON THAT STRETCHER!
      OH WHEN TC GOES STEAMING IN

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  • July 5, 2015 at 13:22
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    A step in the right direction just in time for Portugal looking forward to the new season Harris slowly adding some experience and grit to the team first season in along time I'm actually looking forward to going to the den full house roaring Millwall getting behind our team lovely jubley best news pre season tony Craig back to join the fight

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  • July 5, 2015 at 18:00
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    Getting TC back can only be good news for all fans and youth players, but please don't keep f,ing about and buy a target man of a striker which is why we've been in trouble for the last three years

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    • July 5, 2015 at 18:49
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      @mfcmike: I'm sure there looking for a striker best to take time get the right player I'd like to think enquiries are daily gut feeling won't be long

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  • July 5, 2015 at 19:38
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    I agree with most TC heart in right place and will always give 100% for the cause. True Millwall family not the best passer of the ball and lacks speed so centre back is best position for him not left back. As for the forward if I was BOMBER I think get morison back 20 plus goals in league 1 for us was not great on his season long loan but was played out on the right. He is best down the middle and either obrien or gregs could play off him. I think moro could do a job for us and knows the club and what the supporters want.

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  • July 5, 2015 at 19:42
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    I agree with most TC heart in right place and will always give 100% for the cause. True Millwall family not the best passer of the ball and lacks speed so centre back is best position for him not left back. As for the forward if I was BOMBER I think get morison back 20 plus goals in league 1 for us was not great

    on his season long loan but was played out on the right. He is best down the middle and either obrien or gregs could play off him. I think moro could do a job for us and knows the club and what the supporters want.

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  • July 5, 2015 at 19:59
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    Well pleased too have TC back, but how times change when we get players that Brentford don't want, use too be other way round!!

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  • July 5, 2015 at 20:07
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    Well,a striker who scores a lot of goal now,and...back straight to the championship...welcome back, Tony!!!
    COYL!!!

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  • July 6, 2015 at 07:17
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    Still wouldn't be surprised if Hanson deal does come off! Could always bring bk akinfenwa! Don't get a much bigger target man than him haha!

    For ppl thinking we are going to get promoted first time of asking is what we all want but slightly deluded in first season! Never going to happen! We need to sort the keeper situation out ASAP and a goal scorer! Surely our scouts are watching teams like dulwich hamlet and non league teams like that where they might have little gems! In our area but we always seem to lose out to other teams for players in our own back yard! Our scouting system is atrocious really! Why can't we find a Neil Harris from a lower league team? It's a shame but I guess why would they come millwall when they get abused for playing a wayward pass!

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  • July 6, 2015 at 10:17
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    Will the real Millwall fans please stand up

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  • July 6, 2015 at 14:33
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    Bloody hell Craig you're like a soddin' yo-yo. First your in the Den, then your out, then you come back, then your out again!
    All joking aside, welcome back. I think this is a great signing and typical of the type of player I want to see down the den

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  • July 7, 2015 at 13:22
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    Great to have u back TC and I look forward to seeing u with the captains armband...

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