MANAGER Steve Lomas believes loan signing Shaun Derry's vast experience will be a major boost to Millwall's midfield.
Derry has joined the Lions on an initial one-month deal from QPR, but extending that until the end of the season, or signing him permanently, are both strong possibilities.
The 35-year-old has made nearly 500 senior career appearances and Lomas insists Derry is in tip-top physical condition despite his advancing years.
He said: "People talk about age but I think Shaun is probably fitter now than when he was 28 – that's what Harry Redknapp said to me, and he had him at Portsmouth back then.
"Shaun has not really had a lot of injuries or surgery – like I had in my career – and he looks after himself really well.
"He knows the level – he played 20 games in the Premier League last year, 28 the year before and 45 in the Championship when QPR won the league. He's a player that takes a lot of pride in himself, he's experienced, he's good on the ball and he's a winner.
"I've said from the offset that the loss of Liam Trotter was a big blow, so we're glad to get Shaun in. He showed real desire to get here, he was desperate to continue playing and I think he'll be a welcome addition.
"It is a chance for us to have a look at Shaun and a chance for him to have a look at us. He might turn around at the end of it and say 'no thanks', but he wants to play and doesn't want to be a bit-part player. He wants to play every week."