Millwall had agreed to sign Taylor before Wallace departure

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© Millwall FC

MILLWALL had a deal in place to sign their former winger Chris Taylor even before they got the news that Wolves wanted to recall Jed Wallace from his loan spell five games early.

Wallace left Millwall on Wednesday and the Lions confirmed yesterday they have signed Taylor from Blackburn on a deal until the end of the season.

Neil Harris wanted to bring in Taylor anyway, knowing Wallace was due to go back to Wolves after the home game against Shrewsbury on April 9 and no possibility of extending the deal. It would have been too late to add to the squad at that stage, with the emergency loan window closing next Thursday. And with Millwall potentially facing a prolonged season in the play-offs, Harris wanted to bolster his midfield options.

Harris only found out on on Tuesday this week that he would be without Wallace for those five games when he got a call from his old boss Kenny Jackett who told him the news that Wolves wanted to recall their 21-year-old winger.

The Lions boss paid a glowing tribute to Wallace, who made a big impact in his 14 games for Millwall, and Harris was also delighted to be to be able bring Taylor back to the club.

“Chris was chomping at the bit to come back here,” Harris said. “He showed a real willingness and desire to want to join us and he wants to make an impression.

“Jed was outstanding in his time with us. He was totally respectful to me and my staff and the other players and we wish him all the best in his career.”

John Kelly