JERMAINE Easter has revealed that he turned down the chance to leave Millwall on loan in order to fight for his future at the club.
Easter was placed on the transfer list by manager Ian Holloway in September but rejected several offers from League One.
And the Welsh striker made his first appearance since September when he came on as a second-half substitute against Charlton.
That came after Holloway had a change of heart.
"The manager told me six or seven weeks ago that he wasn’t going to extend my contract and that I could look for something else," Easter explained.
"That was disappointing to hear because I really enjoy it at Millwall but he's the manager and he makes the decisions.
"He felt that was what he needed to do and I was fine with it. The only thing I could do was get my head down and work hard.
"I found myself training with Neil Harris and the U21s – I trained properly and made sure that, when the development games came around, I did myself justice.
"I was keeping myself in good shape – either to get back into the group here, which I didn't think would happen, or to be fit for when I moved on."
But last week, Holloway told Easter that he wanted to keep him around after all.
During his exile, the former Crystal Palace man played three times for the reserves, scoring two and assisting three of Millwall's six goals in those matches.
"The manager has obviously taken note of that and feels like he wants to bring me back in," said Easter.
"That's great for me because I really enjoy it here and I just want the chance to play if the opportunity arises.
"The lads have been unlucky with some of the recent results and I'm sure if they were winning games, this conversation wouldn't be happening.
"But that's what happens in football – you keep going and things change around, which is hopefully the case for me.
"I turned down Crawley and Bradford and I also spoke to Shaun Derry at Notts County, so there were a few clubs that expressed an interest in me.
"But I've known the manager for a long time and knew that he would be open to changing his mind if I showed the right attitude, and it seems as though that's been the case.
"I didn't want to go to any of those clubs and Millwall is a fantastic club with great fans – my priority has always been doing the job for them."