RICHARD Chaplow could be an important player for Millwall this season if he can stay fit, boss Ian Holloway has said.
Chaplow made his first league start for the Lions since February when he was named in the starting XI to face Reading on Tuesday night.
The 29-year-old missed the opening weeks of the new campaign with a hamstring injury but impressed against the Royals.
He was playing in a holding midfield role just in front of the back four.
Holloway said: "Chaplow was terrific. I listened to Reading's commentary last night and they thought he was excellent from start to finish, and so did I.
"I wasn't sure he could do that role because you normally have someone defensive there.
"As it turned out, we needed an attacking option in there to get hold of the ball, pass it and get us moving. I thought he did it brilliantly.
"He has been injured quite a bit but if he wants to play for real, which I know he does, then fantastic.
"I get value-for-money from my players and Chaplow was playing for real the other night."