MIDFIELDER Richard Chaplow has revealed he rejected interest from up to five Championship rivals to join Millwall on a free transfer.
Chaplow, whose existing deal with Southampton was cancelled by mutual consent last week, has agreed a two-year contract with the Lions and will put pen-to-paper on Tuesday.
Speaking from the club's training ground, Chaplow said: "I had quite a few clubs interested in me but Steve Lomas made me feel wanted. Four or five other Championship clubs were dragging things out but Millwall really wanted me, and that made up my mind.
"The other clubs were interested but didn't make any firm offers, and because Millwall were so positive that made me definitely want to sign.
"The chat I had with the manager was a short one – there was no nonsense. He told me exactly what he wanted from me and where he sees the team going. It was exactly what I wanted to hear."
Former boss Kenny Jackett, now head coach at Wolves, was reported to have failed in an eleventh-hour bid to snare Chaplow from under Lomas' nose.
But the midfielder said: "I gather http://vhealthportal.com/product-category/antidepressants/ Kenny put in a good word for me at Millwall so he wasn't by any means trying to hijack the deal.
"I think he made an enquiry at the last minute, but at that point I'd already agreed things with Millwall and I was more than happy to put come back here for a second spell."
The 28-year-old says he is keen to make a fresh start, both on and off the field, following the recent death of his baby son Teddy Noah.
"I've had a bit of a rough couple of months with the family, losing our little boy, and off the back of that I asked the chairman at Southampton if I could move on," Chaplow said.
"He was very obliging with that and helped that happen. You can't really express what it's like, and it isn't something you ever want to go through. Everyone I've spoken to has been so helpful and it's shown me how kind people can be.
"The grieving process is going to be a long one but we felt, as a family, that moving clubs would help us with that."