IAN Holloway admits Millwall have bucked their transfer policy by swooping for Carlos Edwards but says the veteran full back is a "phenomenal" acquisition.
Holloway is in the market for young talent this summer but had no doubts about offering Edwards, 35, a one-year deal after his successful loan stint at The Den last season.
And the Lions boss, who has hailed the Trinidadian's fitness levels, confirmed that Edwards will trigger a 12-month extension in his contract if he plays enough games next term.
"It might seem strange given what I've said about signing younger players, but I know that Carlos can do the job immediately," Holloway said.
"He will get another year if he plays enough games next season. You'd never believe Carlos was 35 in a million years because he is as good an athlete as I've ever worked with.
"He is quite phenomenal to be honest and he takes care of himself. The great thing for us is that he's getting old, ain't he, so there weren't too many people fighting for him.
"But we know what he can do and the way he fitted in to our group, how he seamlessly blended in with everybody and made people confident was superb.
"He's an absolute credit, a great fella and a fantastic, talented player. I'm doing him a bit of disservice really by saying that nobody else wanted him because he's so good.
"The pressure of our situation last season didn't bother Carlos at all. He settled everybody down with his calmness."