Jed: I turned down other clubs because Millwall "stood out"

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JED Wallace said he ignored interest from a number of other clubs to sign for Millwall on loan from Wolves.

Wallace was handed his debut for the Lions last Saturday, making an immediate impression when he was involved in the move that led to Lee Gregory’s opening goal in the 2-1 Sky Bet League One win at Oldham.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder was coveted by a host of clubs in the summer following consecutive seasons with Portsmouth in which he finished their top scorer.

There was plenty of interest in him again when his boss Kenny Jackett decided to send him out on loan in the hope that he will recapture the form he showed at Pompey after an injury-affected start to his career at Wolves.

Wallace revealed he sought the opinions of some former Millwall players before making a decision, and the feedback he got left him in little doubt that he could flourish at The Den under the guidance of Harris.

Wallace explained: “Paul Robinson is a very good friend of mine and obviously has a massive reputations here, James Henry at Wolves and Ben Thatcher also, so there are a few players who’ve played here and had nothing but good things to say about the club.

“So I weighed up my options with potential places for me to go for a month and this was the one that stood out for me with the calibre of players and obviously a manager who’s trying to build for the future.”

It took Wallace less than three minutes at Boundary Park to demonstrate why he is so highly rated. He ran onto Steve Morison’s pass to cross for Shane Ferguson before Gregory tucked away his 11th goal of the season.

“It was a good touch from Moro and I laid it back to Fergie and the rebound followed,” Wallace said. “It was difficult with the surface and the conditions but to contribute to a goal was a nice little start for me."

Oldham equalised through Mike Jones' free-kick, and Wallace revealed Harris had warned his players about conceding dead-ball opportunities to the opposition in dangerous areas of the pitch.

Wallace said: “I personally felt that the only way they were going to get back into the game was through a set-piece, and the guy puts the free-kick in the top corner. The manager had said to us at half-time that it was going to be the silly free-kicks we were giving away that were going to cause us problems.

“I did think we were the much better team and their back four was running it back to their own goal panicking quite a lot.”

Wallace went off with 25 minutes left to appreciative applause from the 362 Millwall fans in the away end, and the midfielder is determined to make an impact in south London with Oxford the next challenge in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area final on Thursday night.

“I enjoyed playing because they are all good players here and I’m looking forward to playing with them more now," he added.

“To get 65 minutes was really good for me in terms of my fitness having not played for 10 to 12 weeks. For me it’s just about improving as much as I can while I'm here and contributing to as many wins as I can.”

John Kelly