DANNY Shittu has revealed that he turned down offers to leave Millwall in the summer.
Shittu skippered the Lions to a vital 1-0 win at Brighton last weekend and will keep his place in the side for Friday's clash with Bolton.
But the defender, who feared he might not play for the club again after tearing his Achilles in March, could have quit The Den when he wasn't playing at the start of the season.
Instead, the 34-year-old chose to battle his way back to full fitness and into manager Ian Holloway's plans.
"I could have gone elsewhere but I stayed here because I love this team, the club and the fans," Shittu told the Southwark News.
"I had options but there was still a job that needed to be done here. That's why I stayed and didn't want to go.
"It's good to be involved again and show people that I can still do it, regardless of my age or what buy nolvadex tamoxifen I've been through.
"This is what I do and I can keep doing it."
Shittu has known Holloway for over a decade from their time together at QPR so was always confident of making a comeback under his former boss.
"I knew that the time would come when I'd be needed because Ollie knows what I can do," said the Nigerian.
"Some managers might've kept me around and not used me, or seen how I was moving at the beginning of the season and forgotten me.
"But I stayed here and we worked hard together. It's nice that he can turn to me when he needs a win and trust me to play.
"It's been hard for him too recently so when the manager put me in the team, especially for such a big game like Brighton, it shows that he has faith in me. I thank him for that."