IAN Holloway believes he has signed a "Millwall type" in Stoke City loanee Andy Wilkinson, who could make his debut against Wigan tonight.
Wilkinson joined the Lions yesterday on a 93-day deal and Holloway may hand the right back his first start at the DW Stadium.
The 30-year-old, who came through the academy ranks at the Britannia Stadium, has made 160 appearances for the Potters during 14 seasons in the first-team ranks.
He is popular with the Stoke fans for his no-nonsense style and Holloway says Millwall are getting a fully-committed player for the next three months.
"I think he's a Millwall type – right up our street," said Holloway.
"I needed a right back because Alan Dunne is better as a centre half and he knows that. He wants to play centre half now.
"On Saturday, I started with Dunney at right back but Jimmy Abdou, Richard Chaplow and Lee Martin all played there as well and, long-term, I like a settled back four.
"Losing Carlos Edwards was a big blow – he made a huge difference to us. The great thing is that Wilkinson had other choices and he chose us, which is good.
"I've known him about him for a while and he's a solid, honest and hard-working boy. I'm looking forward to working with him and we're delighted to have him.
"As soon as I heard he might be available, I said to Andy Ambler that if we can have him for a decent period of time then let's do it. I didn't want someone to come in and then go.
"The boy wanted to come here, play and he's totally fit. He's been training with Stoke and in their thoughts but now that Geoff Cameron is fit again he's been put up for loan.
"He almost went to another Premier League club in the summer and Stoke blocked it, but that shows you how well-thought of he is."
Holloway also confirmed that he would look at the possibility of making Wilkinson's move to The Den permanent in January if the defender does well.