FORMER Millwall defender Darren Ward has accused the club of treating him "like a schoolboy" prior to his move to Swindon Town.
Ward, who joined the Robins on loan in August before signing a permanent 18-month contract at the County Ground last week, claims he had been desperate to leave the Lions for some time.
Over two separate spells at The Den, the centre-back made 270 appearances for Millwall and played in an FA Cup Final and the League One play-off final in 2010.
But he told the Gazette and Herald: "I am delighted to be at Swindon because I've not really enjoyed my football for some time before this move, and I had been looking to get away from Millwall.
"I have had to keep my mouth shut and just get on with it for quite some time, but I really didn’t like it there and I was not happy with how I was treated.
"I love Millwall and I love the fans and the players, but I didn’t enjoy my football for many reasons and now I am at Swindon I can just get on with what I love doing.
"I wasn’t treated well at all, and I was a 34-year-old getting treated like a schoolboy, and I really didn’t like that one bit. In myself I didn’t enjoy it at all, but as a footballer you have to get on with it.
"I had worked hard and I did very well there, my record shows for itself, and when you work hard you like to be credited and that wasn’t happening."