SHANE Ferguson revealed there was interest in him from other clubs before he left Newcastle – but a chat with Neil Harris convinced him to relocate to south London.
Ferguson made his debut off the bench at Shrewsbury before starting in the defeat to Barnet on Tuesday night.
The Northern Ireland international played a full part in Newcastle’s pre-season and was part of their tour to North America, but was then surprised at how quickly his move to the Lions was wrapped up after he travelled down to London just two days before the start of the league season.
He explained: “There were a couple of clubs interested but I spoke to the manager here and I liked the enthusiasm he’s got for his club and the ambition as well. It just made me want to come here and just enjoy my football.
“The first meeting he said, ‘I just want you to distribute it direct and get as many crosses into the box as possible.’
“I think it was (the pre-season friendly against) York that he was saying he was really impressed with the crosses I was putting in.”
“It was good to come on and make my debut, it came as a shock that it happened so quickly as well.
“I thought I was just coming down really, just to have a look at everything and then I got told I was going to be in the squad.
“I want to help get Millwall as far up the table as I can and just make sure they’re in a good position and then we’ll see from there what happens (at the end of his loan deal).
“The reason I came here is to play as many games as I can.”
Ferguson, 24, also received a phone call from his international boss Michael O’Neill when rumours emerged that Harris was interested in bringing him to The Den.
And O’Neill backed the move as he wants his squad – currently in second place in Group F in the Euro 2016 qualifiers and in line to qualify for their first major tournament in 30 years – to get as much first-team football as possible this season.
“He phoned me up because he was hearing stuff and he was saying it’s a good move,” Ferguson said. “Obviously he just wants me playing football. That’s good for him, it’s good for me and it’s probably good for Newcastle as well.”