STEVE Lomas has made Stephen Bywater his first signing as Millwall manager, landing the former Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper on a two-year deal.
Lomas has confirmed that Bywater has been brought in as back up for first-choice David Forde, who he is "hoping to persuade to sign a new contract."
But the Republic of Ireland star was being strongly linked with Ipswich Town on Sunday.
Speaking to the club's official site, Lomas added: "You need competition for places in all areas of the team, and at 31 Stephen is a good age for a 'keeper with a wealth of experience at this level to push Fordey for his place in the team."
Bywater said: "I know David very well from our time together at West Ham and I'm looking forward to working with him again.
"I am delighted to be joining Millwall and in doing so, first and foremost I will be a team player determined to do whatever is required by the manager for the club.
"However, I want to be playing as much first-team football as possible, so I'll be challenging Fordey hard for that number one spot in the team, as he would expect."
Lomas confirmed last week he was looking to strengthen his goalkeeping department amid speculation linking him with Bywater. He said: "Ideally you want three goalkeepers around – a youngster and two more experienced. You need three for training purposes especially."
Out-of-contract Maik Taylor will not be offered fresh terms.