TOTTENHAM striker Harry Kane has described his loan spell at Millwall three years ago as a "big stepping stone to where I am now".
Kane this week signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract at White Hart Lane after going on an astonishing run of goalscoring form that has put him on the brink of an England call-up.
The 21-year-old, who was a huge hit at The Den during the 2011-12 campaign, has found the back of the net 20 times this term and is now Spurs' first-choice forward.
His seven goals in 22 appearances for Millwall helped the club stay in the Championship.
And reflecting on his time in SE16, Kane, speaking to the Evening Standard, said that his experiences in a Lions shirt helped to shape the player he is today.
"I'll never forget it," he said. "The relief on everyone's faces – the players, the fans. It showed me how much the game could mean.
"People were playing for their livelihoods and had they been relegated, it would have been a big downer for the club.
"You have to do your job otherwise you won't be in the game long so to be thrown into that at 18 was really good.
"The two goals against Chelsea this season were special but that experience three years ago is one of the things that has made me who I am today.
"It was a big stepping stone to where I am now."